Dandelion Wine

This recipe for dandelion wine — not to be confused with the novel Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury — was developed from oral tradition, community cookbooks and personal experience. Wait until spring when the first dandelions gild the fields.

1 gallon dandelion flowers

1 gallon boiling water

3 lbs. sugar

3 oranges cut in small pieces

3 lemons cut in small pieces

1 oz yeast

Pick dandelion flowers early in the morning, taking care not to have  particles of the bitter stem attached. Do not use dandelion flowers from fields or lawns that have been contaminated by pesticides.

No need to wash the flowers. Pour boiling water over the flowers and let stand 3 days.  Strain and add the rest of the ingredients.  Let stand to ferment three weeks.  Strain and bottle.

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