Homemade Mandarin Orange wine is the first in my winemaking step. With this strong citrus flavored wine, we are starting our journey of 21-Day Wine-making. I had tasted some store-bought wines and truth to be said, I don’t like them. I am a great fan of homemade wine and I think always will be. Store-bought ones taste bitter for me.
My father used to make fruit wines at home and they were sweet to taste. So this time when we got lots of mandarin oranges for an affordable price, I decided to have my hands on homemade wine-making for the first time. I’m really excited to say that it is a huge success.
When decided to make homemade wine with oranges, we – me and my husband were a little skeptical about the bitter taste usually oranges will have because of the white pith and the white skin covering the juicy pulp. Anyway, we decided to give it a try. The white skin and the pith were completely removed in this homemade wine, which was the only hard part. So here goes a simple recipe for Homemade Orange wine made with Mandarins.
Homemade Mandarin Orange Wine
- 2 cup orange pulp
- 1.5 cup orange zest chopped
- 2 cups of water
- 3-4 cloves
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 tbsp cracked wheat
- 1/8 tsp yeast
- Large wide glass jar clean and dry
- Cheese cloth for covering the jar
- Wooden spoon
- Thread or rubber-band
Wash and peel the orange zest first. Remove the white pith portion from the zest and keep aside.
Now section the oranges and carefully separate the juicy pulp from the white skin.
Using a mortar and pestle, just smash the cloves and wheat.
Now add the orange zest, orange pulp, smashed cloves and wheat, 1.5 cup sugar, water and yeast into the glass jar.
Mix well using a wooden spoon.
Cover the mouth of the jar with the cheese cloth and tightly wrap around the neck of the bottle using the thread or rubber-band.
keep in a warm place. Stir everyday using a wooden spoon.
After 1.5 weeks, add the remaining 1.5 cups of sugar into the fermented orange wine and mix well.
Let it ferment for 21 days. Keep stirring everyday.
After 21 days, Strain the fermented liquid with a cheese cloth or strainer.
Mix more sugar if needed.
Transfer to a bottle and cork tightly. Chill and serve.
You can age it for 1 month before serving if you wish.
1. Add more sugar if you want it more sweet.
Orange wines are rarely made because most people fear that it will not be an interesting one. But trust me, these homemade mandarin oranges will never make you bored with a unique zesty orange flavor. Make and serve, have a blasting party, you will be the star along with this 100% natural homemade wine.
So the first entry to my #21daywinemaking, Homemade Mandarin Orange Wine 🙂