Saturday, May 3, 2014

Easy Dandelion Honey Mead!

My Danish grandfather used to make wine. He had mountains of equipment and a perfect temperature wine cave. It was wonderful to visit on hot days.  I wish I had paid more attention to the wine making process when he would explain it in his Danish accent.  His wine was always served at family dinners, and it was excellent. Wine making is a fantastic hobby and tradition, and one I hope to continue and even teach my kids. It is also a survival skill. During the Middle Ages, people's main beverage was mead or wine as the process makes water drinkable and palatable.

Dandelions are in full force right now so it's a good time to start a batch!  You first need to make dandelion syrup. There are numerous recipes available. This batch was started at the beginning of the year with syrup that my daughter and I canned last summer.

This is an easy recipe and a great one for beginners as it does not require any super special equipment.

Dandelion Honey Mead


1 gallon spring water
Bottles came from Hobby Lobby
2 lbs honey
8 oz dandelion syrup
1 teaspoon loose tea
1 stick cinnamon
1 cup apple peels (or sliced oranges for different flavor)
2 whole cloves
1 pack yeast (like what you use for baking)

Stick pin
Rubber band


Pour out half the water into a pot. Add ingredients. Shake. Add additional water back in but leave a little space at the top.

Stick balloon with pin several times. Put on top of jug and place rubber band around rim to secure. Within a day the balloon will begin to inflate. If it gets too large release the air and add a few more holes.  Draw a happy face on your balloon for fun!  Put on your counter for six to eight weeks and enjoy watching the bubbles!  Occasionally shake to mix, especially in the beginning.  When the bubbles stop, strain into your containers (or rack) and age six months.  You can rack again if you prefer for more clarity. I did not and you can see what mine looks like. There is a just bit of sediment at the bottom so I may before serving.

This is strong and would definitely intoxicate you.  It tastes like a field of flowers. You would think with so much sweetener that it would be sweet, but it is only mildly so.

Optional:  You can add 20 raisins for a change in flavor before fermenting.


  1. love this method, do you have a recipie for the Dandelion Syrup

  2. Thanks, yes, it should be the next post.

  3. What type/size container do you recommend for processing the mead? Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  4. I love the sounds of this and can't wait to try it! We're made hard apple cider but never mead, and definitely not dandelion mead. Here's the recipe we use for dandelion syrup.

  5. What kind of loose tea did you use? Does it affect the flavor?

  6. Joey, I used some loose tea my parents brought back from China. It seems like a generic type tea. It does not affect the flavor. I have read that some wine makers use a red tea to enhance the color of their wine. I haven't tried that yet. From what I understand, tea adds tannins to wine which is good.

  7. Sorry, supposed to say Jodey but auto spell check strikes again! I use gallon size containers to make this. I have used both the plastic bottles and the glass bottles. Both work.

  8. Please tell us here in these comments how to make Dandelion syrup? I am worried I'll miss it if it's in another post. Besides it would be nice to have all the info on one page. Thanks

  9. Dandelion Syrup


    3 cups Dandelion petals, green base portion removed
    3 cups water
    6 cups sugar
    1/4 c lemon juice


    Gather the flowers and remove the green portion. You will need 6 cups of flowers to get 3 cups of petals. The easiest way to remove the green portion is to clip it off with scissors. A little green remaining is okay. Too much green will make it bitter.

    Bring water to boil and remove from heat. Add flowers. Mix well. Refrigerate overnight.

    Strain liquid and add to pot. Add sugar and lemon juice and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer for desired thickness.

    Pour into hot sterilized jars filling to 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims and add lids and rings. Process 10 minutes in hot water bath