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I have never tried Dandelion wine until last summer when friends of ours brought over a bottle to share. It was sweet and nice to sip on at the end of our dinner. They talked about how easy it was to make and I decided to give it a try myself. I always love making something new! Dandelions are also high in calcium, protein and vitamin A, not to mention the medicinal benefits to dandelion wine. Plus, it’s so easy to make!Dandelions

Collecting the dandelions was easy – we have a field full! When collecting the blossoms be sure not to use any flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides! You will need about 3 quarts of dandelion flowers. We collected them in the morning so the blooms were fresh. Separate the yellow flowers from the green sepals (the little green leaves under the flowers). The green sepals are bitter in flavor and you don’t want them to put that flavor into your wine!Collecting Dandelions

Put the flower petals in a one-gallon crock and pour 1 gallon of boiling water over them. Make sure the dandelion flowers are fully covered and soaking in the boiling water. Cover and steep for three days.Dandelion petals in the pot.

After three days prepare the following:Oranges and lemon

2 oranges remove the zest and cut the oranges into slices. (You can also just use the peels, which is what we did)
1 lemon, remove the zest and cut into slices. (You can also just use the peels, which is what we did)Orange and lemon slices.

After three days pour the flower water mixture into a large pot and add the zest of the oranges and the lemon. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat and then strain out the solids. Add 3 pounds of sugar to the pot, stir to dissolve and allow the mixture to cool.

Once the liquid has cooled add the orange and lemon slices and add 1 pound of raisins. Also add 1 package of wine yeast. Put the mixture back into your clean crock and allow to bubble for 2 days to a week.In the crock Once fermentation is complete pour the mixture into your fermentation container. Luckily my husband is a home brewer and I was able to use one of his bottles.Fermentation bottle We allowed the liquid to sit for a couple of weeks until there was no longer any bubbling.

When the fermentation has completely stopped, transfer to sterilized bottles and cap or fit with corks.Dandelion Wine Let stand for six months to a year.Dandelion Wine

Enjoy in front of the woodstove this winter or wait to enjoy it by the bonfire next summer!Dandelion Wine

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19 comments on “Making Dandelion Wine

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm on June 24, 2015 2:32 am

Hi Nancy, stopped by from Cherishing a Sweet Life Linky party. I wish I would have seen this when my field was filled with dandelions. Oh well, guess I will print it out and try it next year.

Nancy Wolff on June 24, 2015 12:59 pm

Wendy,
Now you’ll have a use for those dandelions next year1 🙂

Deborah on June 24, 2015 3:07 am

Love this! I’ve tried dandelion coffee before but couldn’t get into the taste. I think I may need to try this though. Pinning for future reference 🙂 .
Blessings,

Nancy Wolff on June 24, 2015 12:59 pm

Deborah,
Dandelion wine is very sweet, almost like a sherry!

1010ParkPlace on June 25, 2015 1:15 am

This is so cool!! I didn’t know there was really such a thing as Dandelion Wine! Thank you for the recipe!
Brenda

Nancy Wolff on June 25, 2015 12:33 pm

Brenda,
I was surprised how easy it was to make!

Pam@over50feeling40 on June 25, 2015 2:45 pm

This was so interesting to see it made!! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

pam (Sidewalk Shoes) on June 25, 2015 5:50 pm

I don’t think my husband would let enough of these grow!

Holly on June 26, 2015 4:17 pm

Is there anything a dandelion isn’t good for? Very cool! I have GOT to try this, sometime.

Nancy Wolff on June 26, 2015 7:29 pm

Holly,
Amazing that a lowly little weed like a dandelion is good for so many things!

Cinnamon Vogue on June 27, 2015 10:28 am

Finally a use for those annoying Dandelions, the bane of every gardener. But this is so cool. I would have never imagined this in a million years. Great job. Love the bottles. What a touch of style.

Nancy Wolff on June 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Cinnamon Vogue, there are certain advantages of being married to a graphic designer! 🙂

Sherry on June 29, 2015 2:00 am

This is so interesting. My grand mother always made dandelion salad. I’ve got to try this wine. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday;-)

Elaine Hodges on June 29, 2015 3:50 pm

Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party. We appreciate it.

Elaine on July 1, 2015 2:14 pm

Wow!! Looks good!! I want some!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

April J Harris on July 3, 2015 4:53 pm

I’ve never tasted Dandelion wine but I’ve heard it is lovely! Thank you for sharing this great tutorial on how to make it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop, Nancy. I’ve shared it on Stumble Upon, pinned it and will tweet it too 🙂

Nancy Wolff on July 3, 2015 7:42 pm

Thanks April!

April J Harris on July 6, 2015 12:50 pm

Hi again, Nancy! I’ll be featuring this post at this week’s Hearth and Soul hop 🙂

Nancy Wolff on July 6, 2015 11:29 pm

Thank you April for featuring my dandelion wine!

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