Christophene Wine

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    5 quarts

Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

Winemaking in the “true” sense doesn’t exist in Trinidad since the climate is inhospitable to grapes. However, a variety of cordials and liqueurs are made from local fruits and vegetables. Christophene (chayote) and other fruit wines are made at home and not sold in liquor stores.


  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 christophenes (chayote), peeled and grated
  • 3 cloves, slightly crushed
  • Pinch of mace


  1. Dissolve the sugar in 3 quarts of water. Add the grated christophene, cloves, and mace.
  2. Pour into a glass jar and seal tightly. Store at room temperature in a dry place for 10 days.
  3. Strain the liquid into sterilized glass containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.