Excerpt from pages 151 - Healing Wise
Dandelion Wine à la Laughing Rock
Our year's supply for rituals and medicine
2gal/8 liter crock
3-5 qts/3-5 liters blossoms
5 qts/5 liters water
3 pounds/1.5 kg sugar
1 organic orange
1 organic lemon
1 pkg/8 grams live yeast whole wheat bread toast
Find a field of dandelions in bloom on a glorious shining day. Follow
the honeybees to the finest flowers. Pick them with a sweeping motion
of your parted fingers, like a comb. I leave the green sepals on, but
get rid of all stalks.
put blossoms immediately into a large ceramic, glass, or plastic
vessel. Boil water; pour over flowers. Cover your crock with
cheesecloth. Stir daily for three days. On the fourth day, strain
blossoms from liquid.
Cook liquid with sugar and rind of citrus (omit rind if not
organic) for 30-60 minutes. Return to crock. Add citrus juice. When
liquid has cooled to blood temperature, soften yeast, spread on toast,
and float toast in crock. Cover and let work two days. Strain.
Return liquid to crock for one more day to settle. Filter into very
clean bottles and cork lightly. Don't drink until winter solstice.
Preparation time: A week's worth of effort yields a drink not only delightful but good for your liver, as well.