Delicious Beet Wine Recipe for a Festive Night

Welcome to my beet wine recipe! If you’ve never tried making homemade wine, now is the perfect time to give it a shot. And what better way to start your winemaking journey than with this delicious and easy-to-make beetroot wine recipe.

I believe that homemade wine is one of life’s simple pleasures. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of pouring yourself a glass of something you’ve made with your own two hands. And when that something is as unique and tasty as beetroot wine, well, all I can say is – cheers to that!

But why beetroot, you might ask? Well, not only is it packed full of healthy nutrients like Vitamin C and fiber, but it also makes for a wonderfully rich and earthy base for your country wine. Plus, during the holiday season, there’s nothing quite as festive as a glass of homemade beetroot wine with its gorgeous deep red color.

So roll up your sleeves, grab some beets from your garden or the supermarket, and let’s get started on this winemaking adventure together. In no time at all, you’ll have a few bottles of delicious beetroot wine to enjoy or gift to your loved ones.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Beet Wine
Beet Wine

Have you ever considered making your own wine? Look no further than this beet wine recipe! Not only is it a unique addition to any homemade drink collection, but it’s also easy to make with straightforward instructions.

But “Why will I love this recipe?” you might ask. First and foremost, this beetroot wine is delicious! It’s sweet, yet not overpowering, and has a subtle spicy undertone from the addition of pepper. Secondly, it’s a great conversation starter and culinary experiment. Imagine the looks on your dinner party guests’ faces when you tell them that the wine they’re sipping on is made from beets!

Not to mention, this recipe is perfect for someone who wants to try their hand at winemaking without investing in expensive equipment or going through the complicated process of grape wine production. All you need are basic ingredients like beets, sugar, water, cake yeast, and pepper.

Lastly, if you’re someone who’s always looking for new ways to use leftovers or reduce food waste, this recipe is perfect for you! Instead of throwing away those leftover beets or beet greens after roasting them for a salad, use them to make a tasty alcoholic drink.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this beet wine recipe today and add a unique twist to your homemade drinks collection!

Ingredient List

“A glass of pure elegance in your hands”

Here are the ingredients 1 and 2 that you’ll need to make this delightful beetroot wine recipe. You will need 2-2.5 kg of beets which are washed, peeled, and sliced into small pieces. Then, 2.25 kg of sugar, divided into two parts, and 5 liters of water divided into two parts of 2.5 liters each are required for this recipe. You must also get your hands on one cake yeast (or 1 tsp of dry yeast) and a tiny pinch of pepper (around 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon). Additionally, collecting beet juice, which is about 2 cups or ½ c of juice beetroot, and juice of 2 apples is vital for adding more flavor to your homemade wine.

The Recipe How-To

“The perfect combination of earthy and sweet”

Now, let’s get into the fun part – making this delicious beet wine! Follow these detailed steps to make a great batch of homemade wine with beets.


Before starting, gather all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • 2.5 kg of beets
  • 2.1 kg of sugar
  • 5 liters of water
  • 1 teaspoon of cake yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper

Step 1: Preparing the Beets

Wash the beets thoroughly under cold running water and remove any dirt or debris. Peel the skin off the beets and chop them into small pieces.

Step 2: Making the Beet Juice

Using your juicer, juice the chopped beets to extract their juice. Alternatively, you can blend the pieces and strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer. You should end up with approximately 2 cups of fresh beet juice.

Step 3: Preparing the Yeast

In a separate bowl, dissolve one teaspoon of cake yeast in lukewarm water according to package instructions.

Step 4: Combining All Ingredients

In a large container, combine the beet juice with 2.1 kg of sugar and stir well until all the sugar has dissolved. Then add five liters of water to dilute it down.

Step 5: Adding Pepper and Yeast

Add freshly ground pepper and dissolved yeast mixture to your beetroot wine mixture and mix well.

Step 6: Fermentation

Transfer your beetroot wine mixture to a big vessel suitable for fermentation (alcohol proof). Leave this alone for at least two days in cool dark place allowing it to ferment with a loosely fit airlock but do not shake it during this time.

Step 7: Filtering and Bottling

After two days, filter the wine mixture through a muslin cloth and transfer to bottles. Cap securely the bottles; then store them upside down in a cool, dark place for about three weeks.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Homemade Beet Wine

Serve chilled with your meal or appetizer of choice, maybe some light hors d’oeuvres like beet salad. This red wine is perfect for any occasion – from a casual dinner to a fancy night out.

Video Tutorial

If you prefer following along to a visual tutorial, check out this video tutorial on how to make homemade beetroot wine!

Substitutions and Variations

“A visually striking color that matches its flavor”

While this recipe is delicious as is, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make to customize it to your preferences.

– Sugar: If you prefer a less sweet wine, you can reduce the amount of sugar or substitute it with honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind that these substitutes will affect the flavor of the final product.

– Yeast: While cake yeast is traditionally used for making beet wine, you can use any other winemaking yeast available. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using it.

– Beets: If you don’t have access to fresh beets, you can use beetroot juice instead. The recipe calls for 2 cups of beet juice, so adjust accordingly.

– Apple: For a different flavor profile, add diced apples to the wine mixture before fermenting. This will result in a beet apple mulled wine that is perfect for the holiday season.

– Spices: Feel free to add spices like cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and cardamom pods to the wine during fermentation or after bottling. This will create a more complex flavor and aroma profile that pairs well with roasted beets or beet salad.

Remember that winemaking is a science as well as an art, so feel free to experiment with different ingredients and techniques until you find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

“Cheers to trying something new and exciting”


Beet wine is a versatile drink that works well with many dishes. It has a unique flavor profile that is earthy and slightly sweet, making it an excellent accompaniment to hearty meals. Here are some pairing suggestions to help you get the most out of your beet wine.

For appetizers, try pairing your beet wine with roasted beets or a beet salad to enhance its natural earthy tones. The sweetness of the wine works well with the natural sweetness of beets, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

For main courses, consider pairing beet wine with braised meats such as beef or lamb. The tannins in the wine help cut through the richness of these dishes, while the earthy flavors complement the meat’s umami taste. It also pairs well with grilled portobello mushrooms and hearty vegetarian stews.

For dessert, serve your beet wine alongside dark chocolate cake or other rich, chocolaty desserts. The tannins in the wine help cut through the sweetness of the chocolate, making for a perfectly balanced finish to your meal.

When serving beet wine, make sure to chill it to around 50-60°F (10-15°C) before serving. This temperature brings out the best qualities in the beverage, enhancing its aroma and flavor profile.

Overall, beet wine is an excellent choice for any occasion, from casual weeknight dinners to special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Try out different pairing ideas and experiment with your favorite recipes to discover additional ways to enjoy this unique and delicious drink!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Raise a glass to the beauty of natural ingredients”

After preparing the beet wine recipe, you may be wondering how to store it or make it ahead of time for a special occasion. Thankfully, beetroot wine is an excellent choice for making ahead of time, as it stores well and actually improves with age.

To start, allow the wine to ferment for about two weeks in a big vessel, stirring occasionally. Once the fermentation process is complete, strain the wine into a clean container and let it sit for two to three months in a dark and cool place, such as a pantry or a cellar.

When storing your beet wine, it’s important to keep it away from direct sunlight and heat sources, as this can impact its flavor and spoilage. It’s also important to use a clean container with an airtight seal to prevent any airborne bacteria from contaminating the wine.

If you’ve already opened your bottle of beetroot wine and have leftovers, you can store it in the fridge for up to one week. However, keep in mind that refrigeration can dull the taste of your homemade wine. To return your refrigerated wine to its optimal temperature and flavor profile before serving, simply allow it to come to room temperature before pouring.

If you’re reheating your beet wine recipe for a cozy winter drink or special occasion, pour the desired amount into a pot and heat over medium-low heat until heated through. Be careful not to boil the wine – this can change its flavor and possibly damage the alcohol content.

Overall, beetroot wine is an excellent choice for make-ahead storage and is sure to become even more delicious with age. Just be sure to store it properly in a cool and dry place and avoid any contaminants that could spoil your homemade batch.

Tips for Perfect Results

“A flavor that will dance on your tongue”

To make a perfect beet wine, there are a few tips that can help you ensure the best possible results. Here are some tips for perfect results:

1. Select good firm beets: When making beet wine, it is important to choose good quality beets that are firm and free from any bruises or soft spots. This will ensure that the wine has a good flavor and color.

2. Use freshly squeezed beet juice: To make a great tasting beet wine, use freshly squeezed beet juice instead of canned or bottled juice. This will give your wine a fresh and natural taste.

3. Roast the beets: Roasting the beets beforehand can add depth to the flavor of your wine. Simply wash and peel your beets, slice them into small chunks, and roast them in an oven until tender.

4. Use cake yeast: For this recipe, cake yeast is recommended over dry yeast as it provides better fermentation and produces a cleaner taste.

5. Store in a cool, dark place: Once you have bottled your beet wine, store it in a cool, dark place for several months before drinking. This will allow the flavors to fully develop and mature.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious and flavorful beet wine that is perfect for any occasion!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with this beet wine recipe, making your own homemade wine has never been easier or more delicious. This sweet, tangy, and bold flavored wine is a great alternative to traditional grape wines and will leave your taste buds wanting more. Plus, with the added health benefits of beets, you can enjoy your alcoholic drinks in moderation knowing that you are doing something good for your body.

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this beet wine recipe is perfect for both beginner winemakers or seasoned pros looking to try something new. So why not give it a try and impress your guests with a homemade country wine that they won’t be able to resist?

Whether you’re enjoying a glass with a beet salad or trying out some red wine making techniques by experimenting with different flavors, this recipe is sure to be a hit. And who knows? You might just discover a new favorite drink along the way.

So gather your ingredients, select good firm beets, and get ready to make some delicious homemade beetroot wine. Trust me, once you taste it, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought wines again.

Beet Wine

Beet Wine Recipe

This recipe came from an old Lithuanian cookbook. Takes 11 days to make with standing time and fermentation time.
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Prep Time 11 d
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Beverage
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 gallon
Calories 4627.7 kcal


  • 10 medium beets
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 1/2 lbs sugar
  • 1 cake yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Pare and quarter beets.
  • Boil in water till tender.
  • Remove beets.
  • Add enough water to make one full gallon of liquid.
  • Add sugar and pepper.
  • Boil 10 minutes.
  • Strain through cloth into clay crock.
  • Spread yeast on a slice of bread which has been thoroughly dried in the oven.
  • Place in lukewarm liquid.
  • Let ferment 10 days.
  • Bottle.
  • Do not cork tightly.

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Serving: 5444gCalories: 4627.7kcalCarbohydrates: 1187gProtein: 9.9gFat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 465.1mgFiber: 11.5gSugar: 1172.8g
Keyword Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Weeknight
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