Gooseberry Wine

I’m running out of things to do with gooseberries! It’s been an abundant year, and here are two gallons of gooseberry wine in the airing cupboard, just getting started and bubbling away nicely.

Gooseberry Wine

4 lb gooseberries

6 pints boiling water

2 lb sugar

Juice of I lemon

Cup of black tea

3 ripe bananas


Put the gooseberries in a brewing bin and pour on the boiling water. Leave to cool to lukewarm, then squeeze all the gooseberries in your hands to get the juice coming out. Add the mashed bananas, and sprinkle on a teaspoon of yeast. Fit the lid and leave for 3 days, stirring daily. Strain the liquid into a demijohn and add the sugar and apple juice. Leave to ferment out.


Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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