Delicious, Simple Homemade Dandelion Wine Recipe

Dandelion Wine Recipe

I’ve tasted some different wines over the years, but one of the best and most unique wines I have ever tasted is this dandelion wine recipe, that you can easily make yourself!

Dandelions For Homemade Wine

Dandelions grow in most parts of the country. Here in North Carolina, we see them all year, but they mainly flower from March to November. You can collect the entire plant including the root if you want a drier, more bitter wine. Use just the flowers if you want a sweeter wine. Either way, clean them well. The roots can harbor sand in the crevasses, and bacteria on the entire plant.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Step 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Clean dandelions well, making sure they are free of dirt and bugs.
  2. Add yeast to ¼ cup warm water and stir. Set the yeast mixture aside and move on to the next step.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients to a pot and simmer for about an hour. Turn off and cool a bit. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Cool to about 100°F. Transfer liquid to your glass jug and add the yeast mixture. Stir well and top with an airlock.

*If you choose to use a sugar substitute, you’ll still need to add some sugar. Yeast feeds on sugar, and without it the yeast can’t grow and your wine won’t ferment. Add just enough sugar for the yeast (it’ll be converted anyway), about ½ cup, and wait to add the sugar substitute until the wine is finished. Then you can judge how much you’ll need.

Step 2

After you have the water lock in place, let the wine sit in a cool, dark place for 3-4 weeks to allow fermentation to take place. You’ll know it’s done when the bubbling stops. NOTE: It is very important to be sure that the fermentation process has finished before capping or corking. If you don’t, you risk an explosion.

When it’s finished, you can strain off the sediment if desired. Next, bottle it in traditional wine bottles and cork them or use Weck bottles.

Drinking Your Wine

Once you cap or cork the bottles, you can drink the wine right away, or you can let it mellow. I allow my dandelion wine to sit for 3-4 months before drinking it. This seems to make it less harsh and much more mellow.

Dandelion Wine Vinegar

Some people don’t drink wine, but they use white wine vinegar for cooking. I have a very nice champagne vinegar, but I’m thinking it could be made just as easily starting with this dandelion wine recipe.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 1 bottle dandelion wine (from recipe above)
  • “mother” from raw vinegar (this is the gritty sediment at the bottom of a bottle of raw vinegar)
  • non-metal bowl or jug
  • cheesecloth
  • rubber band

Directions

Mix the wine and the “mother” in the bowl or jug, and cover with several layers of cheesecloth. (Fruit flies love vinegar and will ruin it if they get inside.) Leave the vinegar mixture for 3-4 weeks. Pour into a bottle and cap.

Use for salads or anything else you would use vinegar for.

Do you have a dandelion wine recipe you love? If so, tell us about it!

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Comments

  1. Can any dandelion be used? Are there different kinds? Or can I use what’s in my yard?

    • Depending on where you live, Vanessa, you should be able to use what you have. Most all dandelions are edible, although some, like the white ones, may not produce the nice golden color and the flavor could be different. You’ll want to be sure no chemicals were used on the lawn, The best dandelions are harvested in the spring and summer, so you can dry them if need be.

  2. What is the best way to sanitize any glass jugs or bottles used? Can they be boiled? I’ve come across some sanitizing products but they have too many chemicals for my liking!