Dandelion Wine Recipe

This Dandelion Wine Recipe makes a special homemade wine using common dandelions from your garden.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
March/April 1978
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This Dandelion Wine Recipe is a unique take on homemade wine using common garden dandelions.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Lynne and Jim Spaulding — a couple of young back to-the-landers — say, "A nice lady gave us a recipe for dandelion wine that's supposed to have health-giving properties. We made it, and it's great!" Here's the Spauldings' formula for one gallon.

Dandelion Wine Recipe

Early in the morning when the dew is on the flowers, pick one gallon of perfect, open dandelion blossoms.

Put the blooms in a 2-gallon or larger open crock, and pour boiling water over them. Cover the crock with cheesecloth, and let it sit at room temperature for three days. Then squeeze all the juice out of the flowers, throw them away, and save the liquid.

Pour the fluid into a big pot and add 3 pounds of brown sugar, 3 or 4 lemons (juice, skin, seeds and all, chopped up together), and 3 or 4 oranges (chopped up just like the lemons).

Put a top on the pot and boil the mixture for 30 minutes, cool it to lukewarm, pour the fluid into the crock, and add 1 1/2 or 2 packages or tablespoons of yeast.

Cover the brew with cheesecloth and let it "work" for two or three weeks until the bubbling stops. Filter through fresh cheesecloth and then bottle. Save your "bottled sunshine" and uncap it on a gray, overcast January day. Presto! It's summer again!

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