This is a traditional Dandelion wine recipe. Pick the flowers at Midday when the sun is shining so that the flowers are fully open. This wine is also known as Sunshine Wine. The petals can be frozen until you have enough. Collecting and preparing the petals is time consuming, the rest of the process is easy and the results are a wonderful sweet sunny wine.
3 to 4-Pints of dandelion flowers
4-Oranges peeled and juiced
3-Lemons peeled and juiced
1-Gallon Filtered Water (128 ounces)
1 pkg Wine Yeast
Sanitize and rinse all equipment.
1. Bring the water to the boil
2. Remove as much green material from the flowers as possible and place in the fermenter
3. Pour the water over the flowers and cover with a cloth and leave to steep for 48 hrs. Do not exceed this time.
4. Pour the mixture back into a pot and bring to the boil.
5. Add peelings from the oranges and juice (be careful not to add any white pith and this will make the wine bitter).
6. Stain through muslin into the fermenter and add the juice from the oranges and dissolve the sugar, allow to cool.
7. Once cooled add the yeast.
8. Pour into a demi-john and add an airlock.
9. Allow to ferment until no more bubbles come through the airlock. Transfer into a container, wash out the demi-john and sterilize, then put wine back into the clean demi- john. Refit the airlock and leave until the wine clears.
10. Transfer to sterilized bottles and seal.
Leave for 6 months before tasting. It will improve vastly after a year.
*If you prefer your wine a bit sweeter add another 250g of sugar.
*I used glass gallon jugs to ferment my wine instead of a demi-john.