Simple Orange Wine Recipe

Some years back I had a job as a rep and one of my customers had some large, catering tins of pulped orange. They’d been on the shelf for ages and he was ready to bin them so they ended up coming home with me, which is where this simple orange wine recipe comes in.

Orange Wine RecipeWe decided that the best thing to do was to turn them into wine. In those days there wasn’t any internet to look up things, so out with the trusty wine recipes book where we found this simple orange wine recipe.

We replaced the fresh oranges and lemon in the recipe with the pulped oranges and set about brewing. When the fermentation had stopped and it was time to rack off into bottles, we took a taste and were happily surprised. Sweet and very orange but light and with a kick. We’d invented alco-pops!

After just a month in the bottle it was fine to drink. The test gallon being a success, we immediately started a 5 gallon ferment. Some months later we had a party and most everything drinkable was gone by late on. Except for 5 gallons of orange wine sitting in the demijohns waiting to be bottled.

Next morning there were just 3 gallons left to bottle! Definitely a wine that can be enjoyed young. Here’s the recipe it was based on, which does produce a sharper wine with a cleaner flavour than our tinned-pulp version. I think that is because of the lemon balancing the orange.

Ingredients for Simple Orange Wine Recipe

  • 8 Sweet Oranges
  • 2 Lemons
  • 4 lb White Granulated Sugar
  • Wine Yeast
  • Yeast Nutrient
  • Water

Method for Simple Orange Wine Recipe

  1. Unless organic, un-waxed fruits are used, wash well under hot water to remove and wax.
  2. Zest the fruits and then peel the pith off. Roughly chop the peeled fruits and place into a sterilised wine bucket with the zest. Mash a little as well, an old-fashioned potato masher is ideal.
  3. Pour on about 6 pints of boiling water, stir well and cover. Leave for 5 days, stirring daily or more frequently if you can.
  4. Strain off the liquid into a pan, gently heat the water and, whilst stirring, add the sugar. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, return to the wine bucket and allow to cool to 20°C
  5. Add the yeast and yeast nutrient. After a week the initial fermentation should have calmed, transfer to a demijohn, topping up with cooled, boiled water if needed. Fit the airlock.
  6. Leave in a warm place until fermentation stops and then move the demijohn to a cool place for a month prior to racking off into bottles.

Usually best left for 3 months but very drinkable young.

Posted in Country Wines
5 comments on “Simple Orange Wine Recipe
  1. Winey Sip says:

    Hi, I am trying out this recipe but was wondering if as much as 4lbs sugar is really necessary. I have used 1kg or 2.2lbs and have a starting gravity of 1100. Should this still work? Or can I add extra sugar later?

    • John Harrison says:

      I’d say to stick with the recipe as it works but it’s up to you. Adding more sugar later maybe – don’t forget it will need dissolving and must have cooled back down or you’ll boil your yeast!

  2. Mark says:

    wow first batch went down a treat starting 2 batch now also have last years blackberry and blackberry/elderberry on test reports so far are very promising. thanks for these wonderful recipes. I’m going to need a bigger wine rack

    • John Harrison says:

      You’re very welcome Mark – although the praise for the recipes should go to Granddad – And I’ve found his wartime recipes so they’ll be going up soon. Now we know where his sugar ration went!

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