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Wild Dandelion Wine Recipe

Wild Dandelion Wine Recipe

I can remember my mom sending my brother and I out to gather dandelion blossoms for making a batch of dandelion wine when we were kids. We would grab our five-gallon pails and go out to the back fields where the dandelions grew wild. Everywhere we looked we could see dandelions. Pick just the flower we were told, no greens allowed. Of course, this led to us playing “momma had a baby” with the dandelions and making necklaces and buttering our chins.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Once our pails were filled (or filled to our recollection, though being a parent now I wonder if we actually filled them as well as I imagine), we’d bring in the pails of dandelion tops and they’d be placed in the barrels along with the other ingredients and allowed to age and ferment and whatever else it was doing. Every morning and evening we’d use a huge stir stick to swish around the ingredients and we’d wait.

After a week or two, the wine was filtered and placed in large bottles to bubble away. We’d watch the bubbles come up through the tube into the water in the gadget at the top.

Once it was done bubbling, it would be bottled. There it would be left to age six months to a year.

Technically, my brother and I weren’t allowed to drink the wine, but on occasion, we’d sneak a wee nip.

 

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Wild Dandelion Wine Recipe

  • 2 quarts Dandelion Petals
  • 3 lbs granulated Sugar
  • 1 gallon Water
  • 3 Lemons
  • 3 Oranges
  • Yeast

 

Dandelion Wine Recipe

 

Pick the dandelion petals while they are wide open, during the midday. Set the petals aside and start the gallon of water to boil. Add the sugar to the boiling water and stir until fully dissolved.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

While the water is boiling, slice the lemons and oranges and place in a large ceramic crock with dandelion flowers.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Pour the boiling water over the flowers and cover with a cloth. An old t-shirt works great for this. When the water has cooled add the yeast and stir. Allow the ingredients to steep in the crock for one week, stirring every morning and evening. Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth at the end of the week and pour it into a secondary fermentation vessel. Fit the trap and allow it to ferment completely (stop bubbling). Rack and bottle the wine when the wine clears. Do this again when the wine stops throwing sediment for 60 days. Age for six months to one year before tasting.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

This year, I’m attempting this recipe from old. I have it all set and ready to be bottled. I’m placing one batch of it into a wine aging oak barrel. This is supposed to improve the taste of the wine. I’m really excited to see the difference from the wine bottled normally to the one placed in the barrel. You can buy this barrel on Amazon, here.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

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