At out recent amateur beekeeping Christmas party we were discussing home made wine and liquers.
I congratulated Paula who was my inspiration to make wine last Summer. Paula had taken along two bottles to last year's Christmas party, offering us each a small glass of her amazingly good home made wine.
"I used champagne yeast to make this one" she said and it was very, very good.
So I reasoned that if Paula, a school teacher, could make wine, so could I.
I mentioned a lemon wine I make and offered to send her the recipe, which she happily accepted, so I thought I should share it with you. Anyone can make this and the ingredients are easy to source.
Paula also makes mead with her wine and I am looking forward to her gifting this recipe to me .... it only takes six months to mature, so that will be interesting. (Having never tasted mead I don't even know if I will like it). We have raw organic honey, the essential ingredient and three young men living here to taste test.
Lemon Wine Recipe
This should be bottled in screw topped containers so that the fizz can be controlled when the bottles are opened. If it is too fizzy you can reduce the quantity of raisins.
6 - 8 lemons, depending on size, preferably organic
1 cup raisins
2 kg sugar
1 litre boiling water
15 litres cold water
Wash and let the lemons dry. Slice the lemons into a large container, add the raisins and sugar then stir in the boiling water. When the sugar is dissolved add the cold water and mix well. Cover and leave 4 days. Strain, bottle and cap. Leave 1 - 2 weeks before using and chill before opening.
Open bottles carefully.
Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx