isn't as difficult as you might think. Making wine from berries and other fruit is even simpler than pressing grapes, and the results are much sweeter. Use your June strawberry harvest
to make your own strawberry wine
Making your own wine is perfectly legal, as long as you only make it for your own consumption. Don't try selling it! Outside of discouraged bootlegging, the other downside is that, like most wines, your homemade strawberry wine will need to age for 6 months to one year. If you need instant strawberry alcohol gratification, try a margarita
There are a number of ways to make strawberry wine. For those of us that are not homebrewers or vintners, a recipe that includes pantry ingredients will make the process more possible. You will need wine yeast because that's what allows the fruit and sugar to ferment into alcohol. A fermentation vessel is necessary, but this can be a sanitized food grade plastic bucket with a lid. For bottling, either purchase new unused bottles or sterilize screw-on cap wine bottles in your dishwasher.
Easy Strawberry Wine
(makes 1 gallon)
- 3 lbs. fresh strawberries
- 2-1/2 lbs. granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. citric acid
- 5 pints boiling water
- wine yeast & nutrient
Combine all ingredients except yeast in a large stoneware crock. Mix ingredients and mash strawberries. Add the yeast when the mixture has cooled to 85 F. Cover and store in a cool location. Stir once daily. On the 7th day, transfer the liquid to the fermentation vessel and top off with water to 1 gallon. Fit the fermentation trap and let it sit for 30 days. After 30 days, strain the wine through cheesecloth, then bottle and age it for at least 6 months before enjoying.