Fruit juice wine

Booze for free front coverPart three in the 12 drinks for Christmas. Part one was T’ej an Ethiopian beer and part two was Bastard Chilli vodka. The aim is to have drinks that will be ready in time for Christmas.

This basic fruit juice wine recipe is one that can be found in my book Booze for Free, and it can be followed at home using household ingredients.

The ingredients below will make a passable, “wine”. For me the beauty of this recipe is that you can pretty much use and fruit juice to adapt to your tastebuds. It is a very crude drink and not at all one that will win any awards. Mind you, I have heard of people making this with the slightly posher juices like Acini berry or Mango and they report some pretty damb tasty drinks so experiment and see what you get after all its not going to break the bank and you will get cheap booze. Actually, you could even use fruit juice that is on the turn for a “freeish” wine.


1.5 litres of fruit juice
6 slices of Wholemeal/brown bread
500g/1 lb sugar


3 litre/6 pint plastic bottle with lid
Old t-shirt
Bucket of warm water or radiator

Place the bread into a bowl of warm water and leave it to soak for 10 mins. Then squeeze each slice so that the water turns to a light brown hue.
Pour the sugar into the plastic bottle, cover with warm water and shake vigorously until it dissolves. Filter the bread mixture through the t-shirt into the bottle and add the orange juice, shake again. Ensure the lid is attached and put the bottle in a very warm place, such as by a radiator or in a bucket of warm water with a pillow or towels wrapped around it. If using warm water then the water will need to be changed every 5-6 hours.

As Carbon dioxide will build up in the bottle it will need to be loosened occasionally (3 times a day) to let it escape. Failure to do this will result in a rather messy and smelly room.

After 5-7 days you’ll have your “wine”. Filter again and serve to unsuspecting guests telling them that it’s an exotic fruit juice wine delight that you picked up from an artisan off licence (liquor store). See if they belive you.