BY EDWARD MACK
Alright, first things first, this isn’t a recipe for the wine your used to. You know, where yeast consumes sugar and produces alcohol. Honestly, that’s a lot of work and kinda confusing (there’s like, math and stuff). Well, at least more confusing than this recipe. But if that is something you’re interested in, there is a recipe at the end.
No, this is an easy recipe for strawberry wine. Yeah, so we cheated a little. It still taste delicious. And it’s ready in only two weeks. Beats waiting months.
You’ll need only three ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and white liquor. While your local store may or may not stock white liquor, it shouldn’t be difficult to track down. Moonshine or vodka will work in a pinch as well.
For the sugar, try to use rock sugar. It dissolves more slowly, adding another element to the infusion.
Here’s what you need:
- 2.5 lbs of strawberries.
- 3/4 cup of rock sugar
- 2 750 ml bottles of white liquor
Here’s what you do. First get an airtight container and clean it with boiling water. A gallon-sized container should do nicely.
Wash and stem approximately 2.5 pounds of strawberries but be careful not to be rough with them. You want all that good stuff on the outside of the berries.
First put in a 3/4 cup of rock sugar followed by the strawberries. Finally slowly pour two 750 ml bottles of white alcohol over the top of it all. The alcohol should cover the berries; it doesn’t need to be exact.
Then all you have to do it wait! The strawberries will discolor quickly, but don’t worry, that’s fine. Every few days give the container a swirl to mix the sugar that has settled to the bottom. In two weeks, the strawberry wine will be ready to drink, but if you can wait, give it two months before you open it up. The strawberries take approximately that much time to release all their juices. The extra time will make all the difference in the world. You’ll know it’s ready because the strawberries will turn completely white. Feel free to leave them in the wine, but you will want to strain it through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove the strawberry fuzzies.
That’s it! Drink up! But don’t let the sweetness fool you. This wine is strong enough to melt your face. See the original recipe here.
For those of you who are interested in a more traditional strawberry wine, check out this recipe. You’ll need a few extra things, but that’s no problem for you, you beast of fermentation.