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How To Make Dandelion Wine

Transform those pesky, lawn-killing weeds into a delicious white wine you'll enjoy all summer long.


  • Step 1: Strain the mixture, pour it into the empty wine bottles, and seal them with corks.
  • Step 2: Age the wine for at least six months, and preferably up to a year, because it will taste better with age.
  • FACT: Did you know? Ray Bradbury's novel Dandelion Wine, published in 1957, first appeared as a short story in Gourmet magazine in 1953.
  • Step 3: Add the wine yeast and ferment the concoction for 12 hours, or until there is no more activity from the yeast.
  • Step 4: Juice the oranges and lemons and add the juice to the tea.
  • Step 5: Trim the stalks and rinse the flowers. Then soak them in a gallon of hot water for a few hours. This will make tea used to bitter the wine.
  • Step 6: Dissolve the brown sugar in a different gallon of hot water, and then add it to the dandelion tea.
  • TIP: You can substitute granulated white sugar for brown sugar.
  • Step 7: Pick 1 gallon of dandelion flowers right before making the wine so they'll be fresh. Wear gloves to prevent pollen from staining your hands.

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