Your lawn may be full of dandelions and you may hate them, but stop hating them and start making dandelion-wine! Finally a use for those pesky weeds. dandelion-wine is an old summertime treat for adults only, of course, but what a treat! Homemade dandelion-wine is actually quite delicious. Just be sure to never use dandelions that have been treated with any pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers or any other chemicals. Use only fresh untreated dandelions.
Pick fresh dandelion flowers. Do not use any dandelion leaves or stems because they are bitter. You will need enough to fill a 2 quart jar.
Place your dandelions in a large colander in a sink and rinse with cold water.
Place its in a large pot.
Pour boiling water over the top of your dandelions. You will need approximately 1 gallon of boiling water.
Allow its to steep in the water for 3 to 4 days.
Pour its through a strainer into another pot or large bowl to separate the liquid from it flowers. Squeeze its to remove as much of the liquid as possible.
Add 9 1/2 cups of sugar
Add 1/2-cup of pulp free orange juice
Add 1/4 cup lemon juice
Add 1 pound of raisins
Stir all dandelion-wine ingredients well.
Dissolve 1 packet of active dry yeast in about 1/2 of a cup of warm water with a 1/2 of a teaspoon of sugar.
Add the water with the dissolved yeast into the pot and mix thoroughly.
Pour the unfermented dandelion-wine mixture into a large 2 gallon jug.
Stretch a balloon over the end of the jug. As it-wine ferments the balloon will increase in size. This will help to determine when your homemade wine will be ready.
Place the jug in a dark area for approximately 5 to 7 weeks. A dark closet or under a flight of stairs are good areas to allow your dandelion-wine to ferment.
Remove the balloon when it has blown up to close to full size. Pour your homemade dandelion-wine through paper coffee filters into well rinsed old wine bottles. Discard the raisons and any sediment. Plug with a cork.
Chill your homemade dandelion-wine before serving.
Keep out of the reach of children.