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Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe

Amber Shehan October 22, 2017

ginger wine - one gallon batch

Ginger is such a wonderful spice, and one of my favorites. It’s a great healer, and its heat is just so enjoyable! I’ve never been able to find a ginger beer strong enough for me at the store, so it must fall to me to make my own.

Ginger Wine: One Gallon Recipe

  • Fresh ginger root (I used a whole palm, about 10 inches worth, but I like my ginger drinks hot. If you want it milder, use 5 inches.)
  • 3-4 cups of sugar (brown sugar is best)
  • Sliced orange
  • small handful organic raisins
  • yeast
  • non-chlorinated water

The first step to brewing ginger wine is to make an infusion (a fancy word for ginger tea).

Grab a soup pot and bring a quart of water to a boil.

Chop the ginger and add it to the water. The smaller your ginger pieces, the more gingery your flavor will be. I only ever bother peeling the ginger if the skin is particularly hard and woody.

Add the sliced orange to the pot, peel and all. Add the raisins, and give it all a good stir.

Turn down the temperature and allow the delicious mix to simmer for about an hour to draw out all of the ginger flavors. Add more water if needed.  The steam from this pot will smell lovely, and the ginger will turn the water a nice brown.

Strain the ginger infusion and return it to the pot. Compost the solids.

Stir in the brown sugar until it is dissolved. Cover the pot and let it cool a bit while you sanitize your gallon jug, funnel, strainer, and your airlock and bung. (Don’t know what those are? Click here.)

Once the pot is cool enough to handle and the liquid safe to pour, pour the ginger tea into the carboy and top it off with water until the liquid reaches the neck of the jug. Add the bung and airlock.

When the carboy is cool (a few hours later), sprinkle in the packet of yeast and carefully give the whole jug a good shake. Within a day or two, the jug should be bubbling happily. It should be happy to sit and bubble for a month or so.

When the bubbles stop and the liquid is clear, it is time to taste, backsweeten, or bottle! (Learn more about those processes on my Brewing page)

This recipe results in a very gingery, dry wine. I bottled much of it in beer bottles and the rest in swing-top bottles.  Even with the alcohol content, these are very effective tummy relievers if you are feeling nauseous. It is delightful mulled with apple juice and a stick of cinnamon!

I’ve made this recipe a few times, and here are some tasty variations:

  • Skipped the orange, added a handful of oats and dried hops during the boil. This gave a slightly thicker, more bitter, slightly beer-like quality to the brew.
  • Added a few chopped apples to the boil instead of raisins, and a light drizzle of molasses.



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Amber Shehan

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  1. Peggy on November 15, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Hi… That sounds like a really interesting wine. I can’t wait to make a gallon. I’m curious about the amount of yeast. Could you help me out with that. The little yeast packets I purchase (generally champagne yeast), are for 5 gallons of wine. Could you clarify that for me? When you say a packet of yeast, is that specifically for 1 gallon of wine?

    • Amber Shehan on November 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

      I have not been able to find any yeast packets smaller than the 5 gallon. For those, I use about a third of the packet, and then store it in an airtight container in the fridge until I make another batch! I hope that helps. 🙂

      • Maija on July 22, 2019 at 8:26 am

        After bottling it, do you have to store it all in the fridge, or is room temperature okay?
        What do you think about adding spices while making the tea? Like a few cloves, whole allspice, cardamom pods, etc. I’m thinking it might be like chai tea. Thanks in advance.

  2. DIANA on November 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Yeast? as in bakers yeast or is it a special yeast?

    • Amber Shehan on November 15, 2017 at 8:47 am

      For this one, I used regular yeast as you would use in bread. It can give uncertain results, so many people prefer to go to a brewing store and buy specific kinds of brewing yeast to have more consistent brews. It’s up to you! I like using “wild” yeast or whatever is available in a pinch. 🙂

  3. Anonymous on April 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Followed your recipe and my Ginger Wine is much browner than the wine featured in the photo on this page.

    Also, should the ginger wine, once transferred to jars or bottles, be stored in the refrigerator or left at room temperature?

    • Amber Pixie on April 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

      That’s ok! It could be a difference in the tannins in your ginger’s skin versus mine, or the amount of time steeped. How does it taste? 🙂

      • Lauren King on July 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

        Sometimes instead of using organic cane sugar, I use organic turbonado sugar, which has a higher molasses flavor and a deeper color. It takes longer for fermentation to take place because the yeasts have a slightly harder time digesting it but it adds a nice flavor dimension! (I do this for Kombucha too!)

        • Amber Pixie on July 14, 2018 at 3:20 pm

          Delicious! I enjoy the darker sugars, myself. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Henry Njogu on July 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Hey. I am planning to make one. How do I make my ginger wine thick and also what is the uses of raisins in ginger wine. Tahnks

    • Amber Pixie on July 31, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Hello! The raisins help to act as a nutrient and make the yeast happier. They do also help to make it have a thicker feel. If you puree the ginger you’ll have a cloudier brew with a stronger ginger flavor. I hope that helps!

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