Creating organic cuisine at home can be a revitalizing experience for anybody involved. Organic wine recipes from all corners of the world have brought a vast amount of opportunities for us to prepare all kinds of foods and drinks rather easily. However, a recipe that is not-so talked about is creating organic wines.
There are all kinds of fantastic wine recipes throughout the world, and I would encourage anybody to try at least one. I have compiled a list of 5 of my favorite wine recipes to try for the next family get together. Enjoy!
Strawberry Wine (Organic Wine Recipes Peggy Trowbridge Filippone)
Strawberry wine is always my go-to choice when making wine. Offering an ample amount of fruity flavors, while still being able to be made completely organically. This recipe makes about 2 ½ gallons of strawberry wine.
- 7 pounds whole fresh strawberries (fresh picked, if possible), washed and hulled
- 2 gallons boiling water
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 5 pounds sugar
Mash strawberries in a large earthenware crock. Cover with boiling water, add lemon juice and stir briskly for about two minutes. Cover the crock with a clean linen cloth and allow to rest in a cool, dark place. Stir daily for one week.
After seven days, use a double layer of cheesecloth to strain the strawberry mixture into a clean bowl, discarding the pulp. Combine the strawberry liquid with sugar and stir, then pour into a clean crock and allow to stand for an additional week, stirring daily.
At the end of the second week, pour the liquid into 1 gallon glass bottles and cork loosely. Let the bottles sit in a cool, dark place for three months. Once the wine is clear and no longer bubbling, pour it into individual wine bottles, cork and age at least 1 year before drinking.
Elderberry Wine (Organic Wine Recipes from Grape Stompers)
With Elderberries being rather copious throughout the Midwestern region of the United States, Elderberry products has become quite popular throughout the country, mostly known for its ability to create delicious jam. Elderberries are also great for making Elderberry wine, and again, this can be done completely organically.
- 3 pounds elderberries (remove the stalks)
- 3 pounds sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1 pound raisins (can use sultanas)
- ½ ounce yeast
Use a fork to remove berries from the stalk. Pour berries into a sanitized bucket and add 1 gallon of boiling water. Mash the elderberries against the side of the bucket, then add raisins or sultanas. Cover bucket and let stand for three to four days. Strain mixture and add liquid back to bucket. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add juice of 1 lemon and sprinkle on the yeast, then cover for another three days.
Strain wine mixture and pour resulting liquid into a demijohn container. Secure airlock and leave until bubbling stops completely, about four to five months. Strain, pour into individual bottles and age for at least four months.
Dandelion Wine (Organic Wine Recipes Texas Cooking)
Dandelions, the little yellow flowers that are generally categorized as “pesky weeds” when they pop up in the spring, are actually incredibly nutritious, and can create jaw-dropping flavors when integrated into wine recipes. Keep in mind it is important to only pick dandelions from areas that have not been sprayed with insecticides or other harmful chemicals.
- 1 package dried yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 quarts dandelion blossoms
- 4 quarts water
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 8 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped orange peel
- 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped lemon peel
- 6 cups sugar
Wash dandelion blossoms and put them in water with orange, lemon and lime juices. Add cloves, ginger, orange peel, lemon peel and sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for one hour, then strain through coffee filter and allow mixture to cool. While still warm (but not hot), stir in yeast.
Let wine mixture stand overnight, then pour into bottles. Allow uncorked bottles to sit in darkened place for at least three weeks, then cork and store in cool area for six months to a year before drinking.
Other Wine Making Resources
Wine Making Discussion Forum – A place to gather information and ask questions among an enormous community of wine makers throughout the world.
Wine Refrigeration Guide – A reference guide on the refrigeration and storage practices for wine makers.
Free Wine Making Log – A fantastic resource for wine makers to keep track of the dates and various notes throughout their wine making adventures.
Wine Evaluation Guide – A guide to show both new and experienced wine makers how to properly find whether or not their wine is of good quality or not.
Local Wine Events – A fantastic tool to discover wine-centered events throughout all areas of the world.
Thank you for reading, and best of luck with your wine making endeavors!