Friday, 11 January 2008

Rose Petal Wine

I used to make a wonderfully fragrant wine from rose petals. You need to use dark red and purple blooms with intense perfume. It makes a pale, light wine with a stunning scent.

6 cups fragrant rose petals
1/4 lb white raisins, chopped
1 gallon water
2-1/2 lbs granulated sugar
Rhine wine yeast and nutrient

Pick the rose petals just before starting, so they're fresh. Boil the water and pour over all ingredients except yeast and stir gently to dissolve sugar. Cover with cloth or plastic wrap and set in warm place for 24 hours. Set aside until vigorous fermentation subsides (7-10 days), stirring daily. Strain liqueur into secondary fermentation vessel, top up to neck with water, and fit fermentation trap. Rack after 30 days, then again after additional 30 days. Bottle when clear and store in dark, cool place. It will be fit to drink after 6 months, but will improve enormously after a year.

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