This sweet Dandelion Wine Recipe produces a delicate wine that is golden in colour with the addition of the raisins. It’s based on an infusion made from the dandelion flowers. Just pick the dandelion flowers on a sunny day and remember it as you drink the wine
Sweet Dandelion Wine Recipe
Ingredients for Sweet Dandelion Wine Recipe:
- 3 quarts (3.4 ltr) of dandelion flowers (without the stalks)
- 1 lb raisins
- 3 to 3½ lbs demerara sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- yeast and yeast nutrient
Method for Sweet Dandelion Wine Recipe:
- Put the dandelion flowers into a large bowl or brewing bin. Boil 1 gallon of water and tip it over them. Stir, cover and leave for 3 days stirring each day.
- Strain into a large pan, add the sugar and thinly sliced rind of the orange and lemon. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add the the juice of the orange and lemon and then allow to cool until about 21° C or 70° F. Add the yeast and yeast nutrient.
- Strain into a a demijohn and add the raisins. Fix a fermentation lock.
- Strain and rack when the wines clears, topping up with water to the neck of the demijohn. Leave until fermentation has stopped and then rack again.
- Put aside for a couple of months and then rack again and bottle.
This wine will be ready in about 6 months but is better if left for a year after bottling to mature.
The flowers are at their best and most aromatic if picked when the sun is shining, preferably in the morning.
It’s a good way to get rid of weeds as well. Picking the flowers stops the dandelions from forming seeds! After infusing the flowers they can go onto the compost heap to rot down.