Flower Wines

All flower wines are made in much the same way, so that the following recipe will make a gallon of wine and flowers added will give it its bouquet and flavour. On the whole, because flower wines are so sweet smelling, they are better if slightly sweet.

Ingredients

You will need

  • flowers
  • 1 gallon of water
  • rind and juice of 1 lemon, 1 orange, 1 grapefruit
  • 8 oz. chopped raisins
  • 3 lb. sugar
  • general purpose wine yeast
  • nutrient tablet

Method

Gather the flowers on a warm sunny day, when the petals are open. Remove petals from the green sepals, because the sepals can give an unpleasant flavour to the wine. Pour boiling water on the flowers and add the fruit rinds. Steep this mash for 4 days in a closely covered vessel, pressing down and crushing it twice daily. Strain and press out all the liquid. Stir in chopped raisins, sugar, fruit juice, yeast and nutrient. Ferment in the usual way, removing the raisins by straining and pressing after 7 days. Continue fermentation, rack and mature and serve as a sweet wine.

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