A home made festive wine typically enjoyed during X'mas.
Prep Time 10minutes
500gGrapes 1 lb
250 - 500gSugar 1 to 2 C
Remove the grapes from the stem, wash and dry well.
Clean and dry a large non reactive jar (see notes).
Measure the sugar and set aside. Adjust sugar per taste, use equal amount in weight of the grapes for the sweet wine.
Divide the sugar and grapes into equal number of portions. Take one portion of the grapes and place in the jar. Crush it lightly with the back of a wooden spoon so the juices begin to ooze out. Layer a portion of the sugar.
Repeat this process until all the fruit is used up. Crush the last layer of fruit and add the add the cinnamon stick and cloves. End with layer of sugar.
Close the lid and store in a dark place, away from light and heat.
24 hours later shake the jar lightly to distribute the sugar and spices evenly. Repeat this process for 5 days. If the mix froths to the top open the lid a little to vent. Close and return to the storage area.
Keep the jar undisturbed for at least 21 days. For more complex flavors keep it for 3 months. Open the jar and strain the juices into a clean dry bottle.
Use whole spices and organic grapes.
Fill the jars only 2/3 of the way through.
Keep the jars away from sunlight. If using glass jars cover with brown paper bags or clothes to block light.
For detailed instructions go to https://oventales.com/home-made-grape-wine/ .