Spice Up Your Day with Homemade Ginger Wine Recipe

Welcome to my Christmas and Holiday Ginger Wine Recipe! If you are looking for a delicious and unique wine to serve at your holiday gatherings, this recipe is sure to impress.

Ginger wine is an Anglo-Indian classic that has been enjoyed for centuries during the holiday season. This special wine recipe is made with fresh ginger, honey, raisins, and a blend of aromatic spices which gives it a distinctive flavor that will warm your soul.

Not only is this ginger wine delicious on its own, but it also makes an excellent mixer for cocktails and wine spritzers. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a little bit of spice in their drinks or those who want to try something new and different.

In this article, I will provide you with all the information you need to make the perfect batch of ginger wine. From the ingredient list to the step-by-step instructions and even tips on serving and storing, I’ve got you covered!

So put on some holiday tunes, grab your ingredients and let’s get started on making this must-try Anglo-Indian recipe: the festive ginger wine.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

New Ginger Wine - Christmas & Holiday Ginger Wine
New Ginger Wine – Christmas & Holiday Ginger Wine

Ginger wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season, and this recipe is a must-try. Here are some reasons why you’ll love it:

Firstly, the combination of fresh ginger, brandy, and lemon gives this wine an incredible depth of flavor that sets it apart from other wines. The aroma of freshly grated ginger root will fill your kitchen, and the taste of honey and golden syrup will introduce a hint of sweetness without being cloying.

Secondly, this recipe uses a blend of white wine and cognac to create a smooth yet bold base for the ginger’s flavor. The addition of raisins provides a subtle fruity undertone that pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of ginger.

Thirdly, this recipe is entirely versatile. You can adjust the sweetness levels to your liking by using more or less honey and golden syrup. You can also use red wine instead of white wine for an added layer of richness.

Lastly, this ginger wine recipe is easy to make, and you don’t need any special equipment or expertise to get it right. It’s perfect if you want to impress your friends and family with a homemade treat without spending hours in the kitchen.

All things considered, this Christmas special holiday ginger wine recipe is a winner with its complex flavor profile built around fresh gingerroot, honey, raisins, and lemon zest which makes it an intricate balance between sweet and spicy. Give this recipe a try, and I promise that you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A steaming mug of New Year's cheer
A steaming mug of New Year’s cheer

Below is a list of ingredients you need to prepare to make this festive ginger wine recipe:

  • 1-2kg fresh ginger, preferably young and tender
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange or tangerine (optional)
  • A handful of raisins (optional)
  • 4.5 litres white wine (not too dry or too sweet, try using Riesling)
  • Yeast (a packet, or follow the instructions for a homemade yeast starter)
  • Brandy or Cognac (optional, for fortifying and ageing the ginger wine)

Note: The amount of ginger you use will depend on how strong you want your wine to be. The general rule is 1kg of ginger for each gallon of water you use.

The Recipe How-To

 A rich and spicy holiday indulgence
A rich and spicy holiday indulgence

Here, I am going to break down the steps of this ginger wine recipe for you! This recipe is designed to create one gallon or 5 liters of wine that can be bottled and gifted or stored for future use. So gather up all your ingredients and let’s get started!


You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:

  • 2 kg fresh ginger root
  • 1 kg raisins
  • The zest of one lemon
  • Juice from 3 lemons
  • A packet of yeast
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 cups of honey
  • 2 cups golden syrup
  • Water

Step-by-step Guide

  1. Peel the ginger root, slice them into small pieces, and pound them with a pestle in a mortar until the juices are released.
  2. Transfer the pounded ginger into a large pot and pour eight quarts of boiling water.
  3. Let it simmer for about an hour and then turn off the flame. Cover the mixture and allow it to sit overnight.
  4. Use a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the ginger pulp from the liquid. Gently squeeze out any remaining juice from the pulp.
  5. In another bowl, add raisins, lemon juice, lemon rind (zest), honey, golden syrup, and sugar together.
  6. Add this mixture to the strained ginger juice and stir well.
  7. Let the mixture cool to room temperature then add a packet of yeast, stirring well to dissolve.
  8. Pour this mixture through a funnel into a sterilized container that has an airlock unit on top – this will trap any gas but allow air to escape.
  9. Leave it in a warm place for around 5 days so it will ferment – you should see small bubbles rising up through the mix indicating that fermentation is taking place.
  10. After 5 days, decant into a clean container and seal for further fermentation.
  11. Rack off into bottles and cork when fermentation is complete.

Additional Tips

  • Make sure all equipment used is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized before use so no unwanted bacteria interferes with the fermentation process.
  • You could also add in a cup of brandy or cognac for an added kick or a more sophisticated taste.
  • Store the wine bottles in a cool, dry place. The wine will continue to age and mellow over time!
  • This ginger wine recipe can be used as a mixer for other drinks too. You could add it to red or mulled wine, or serve it as a spritzer with some green ginger wine!
  • Leftovers won’t be much of an issue, but for how long keep you will need to store your bottle of ginger wine for, it’s recommended drinking this ginger wine within six months from bottling.

And that’s it! This is my favorite holiday ginger wine recipe and one that always

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect cozy & warming winter beverage
The perfect cozy & warming winter beverage

If you want to switch up the flavors of your ginger wine recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try. For example, if you don’t have brandy or cognac on hand, you can omit them entirely or substitute them with rum.

If you prefer a sweeter wine, you can increase the amount of honey or golden syrup in the recipe. And for a more tart flavor, try adding more lemon juice and lemon rind.

You can also experiment with different types of wine. White wine adds a lighter, crisper flavor while red wine makes for a bolder, richer taste. Adding raisins to the mixture gives an extra dose of sweetness and texture.

For those looking for non-alcoholic options, fresh ginger can be combined with apple juice or grape juice to create a refreshing ginger-based drink. If using ginger root, make sure to adjust the amount based on personal preference as it can vary in spiciness.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your substitutions and variations – you never know what delicious combination you might discover!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to feel the warmth from top to toes!
Get ready to feel the warmth from top to toes!


Freshly made ginger wine is perfect for holiday entertaining. It is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed in many different ways. While it may be tempting to serve this delicious beverage on its own, consider pairing it with complementary flavors to enhance the drinking experience.

For a casual meal or celebration, serve your ginger wine with simple finger foods such as cheese and crackers, nuts or dried fruit. This will allow the flavor of the wine to shine through without being overpowered by heavy or complex flavors.

If you are serving a more formal dinner, pair the wine with roasted meats or hearty stews. The warmth and spice of the ginger will complement these savory dishes perfectly.

For dessert, ginger wine can be paired with apple pie or bread pudding, or served alongside dark chocolate truffles or a rich cheesecake.

If you want to get creative, try making ginger wine cocktails. Ginger wine spritzers are refreshing and light, while adding brandy or cognac can create a more decadent drink.

Whatever you choose to serve with your ginger wine, be sure to enjoy it in good company. This holiday drink is meant to be savored and shared with loved ones.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A festive blend of ginger, apples and spices
A festive blend of ginger, apples and spices

Once you’ve made this delectable holiday ginger wine, you’ll definitely want to have some left over to enjoy after the festivities. Fortunately, this recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing.

To make-ahead, simply bottle the ginger wine after it has cooled to room temperature. I recommend using glass bottles with screw caps or swing-top lids that are designed for carbonated beverages as this will help to maintain carbonation levels. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a month before drinking.

If you prefer a mellower version of the ginger wine, it’s best to let it mature for three months or more. This aging process enhances flavors of cloves, ginger and allspice and mellows harsh alcohol tones.

When storing your ginger wine, be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight or heat as this can compromise the flavor of the wine. It’s also important not to shake the bottle so as not to disrupt the sediment which adds depth of flavor and complexity on second fermentation in the bottle.

If you want to serve your ginger wine warm, simply pour it into a saucepan over low-medium heat until heated through – avoid boiling! Once heated through, transfer the wine back into a glass bottle and seal it tightly. Reheat when required.

You can also create delightful wine cocktails worth trying, like Ginger Wine Spritzer or Ginger Wine plus Cognac and Lemon Juice. Don’t be afraid when combining your ginger wine experiments. When combined with refreshing lemon juice or aromatic cognac, ginger comes alive in your cocktail as well.

All things considered, this holiday ginger wine is well worth sharing around with friends and family or serving alongside a holiday feast at Christmas time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The spicy aroma will transport you to a winter wonderland
The spicy aroma will transport you to a winter wonderland

To achieve the perfect ginger wine with a warm and comforting flavor, there are a few tips that I’d like to share with you. These tips will ensure that your ginger wine turns out just right and is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering.

First and foremost, make sure to use fresh ginger root when making your ginger wine. Ginger root is the star ingredient in this recipe, and using fresh ginger ensures that you get the full flavor of the spice. Also, make sure to peel and finely chop the ginger root before adding it to the mixture.

Secondly, be patient with the fermentation process. It can take up to two weeks for your ginger wine to fully ferment, so it’s important to give it plenty of time. Keep an eye on it and check for bubbles, which is a sign that the wine is fermenting properly.

Thirdly, when adding the yeast to the mixture, make sure to dissolve it thoroughly in warm water before adding it in. This will ensure that the yeast spreads evenly throughout the mixture and helps with the fermentation process.

Another tip is to use high-quality ingredients such as brandy or cognac, honey, golden syrup, raisins, lemon juice and rind. These ingredients bring out the full flavor of your ginger wine recipe and make for an irresistible drink.

Lastly, take into account serving temperature. Ginger wine can be served chilled or at room temperature. However, if you want to elevate your drinking experience with even more flavor extraction from spices and fruit ingredients in ginger wine, you may opt for serving it warm as mulled wine.


Now it’s time for the FAQs. I’m happy to answer some of the most common questions that come up regarding this delicious ginger wine recipe.

How long can you keep homemade ginger wine?

After the fermentation process is complete, the ginger wine can be transferred into a clean glass bottle that has been sterilized. It is important to store the wine in the refrigerator for a maximum of two weeks. You may notice some sediment collecting at the bottom of the bottle, but there is no need to worry as this is a natural occurrence. This wine is perfect when consumed in small amounts as a digestif either before or after a meal. It is important to note that since this is a homemade wine that was made in small batches, there is no need for commercial yeast.

What is the ingredient in ginger wine?

One of the drinks I love to recommend to people is ginger wine. This type of wine is made by fermenting ginger, raisins, sugar, and yeast together, and is often strengthened with a mix of brandy.

How long can you keep an unopened bottle of ginger wine?

When it comes to wine, unopened bottles have an impressive lifespan that can surpass the suggested timeframes for consumption. White wines have the potential to age for an additional 1-2 years beyond their recommended drinking window, while red wines can prolong for 2-3 years, and cooking wines for 3-5 years. In the case of exceptional wines, they can maintain their quality for decades, if not centuries.

Should ginger wine be refrigerated?

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Bottom Line

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to try this amazing recipe and make your holiday season even more special! The magical combination of ginger, honey, brandy, and white wine will definitely delight your guests’ taste buds. And the best part is that you can enjoy it in several ways; as a standalone drink or as a base for mulled wine and cocktails.

The recipe is not just perfect for your Christmas dinner but also for any other occasion. The warmth of this ginger wine will surely add coziness and comfort to your cold winter nights. So go ahead and give it a try! You won’t regret it.

However, do keep in mind that the ginger wine needs to be stored properly to maintain its quality. Refer to the tips mentioned in this article to ensure you keep it in the best possible way.

Lastly, I would like to say that this recipe has been tested and approved by many; it’s an Anglo-Indian delicacy with a modern twist. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have something unique and delectable at your holiday gatherings. So choose this recipe, brew it with love, and appreciate the goodness of fresh ginger paired with all these ingredients!

As always, thank you for choosing me as your sommelier. Cheers and happy brewing!

New Ginger Wine - Christmas & Holiday Ginger Wine

New Ginger Wine - Christmas & Holiday Ginger Wine Recipe

I haven't had traditional ginger wine, but I decided to make a sort of infused ginger wine of my own, and the below is what I came up with. I tried it tonight, and YUM! 🙂 Traditional ginger wine, produced before the holidays from scratch, is popular in some parts of England and Scotland. While this version isn't exactly traditional, this is a tasty addition to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays! Prep time includes letting it sit before serving.
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Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Christmas/Holiday
Servings 1 750ml bottle
Calories 231.3 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon rind (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine
  • 1/3 cup honey or 1/3 cup golden syrup, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped roughly (can use mixture of regular and golden raisings)
  • 1 ounce brandy or 1 ounce cognac, to taste


  • In a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the lemon zest and juice, wine, honey or golden syrup, ginger, and raisins.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high, stirring constantly until the honey or golden syrup is melted, which will take about 4 minutes, but do not allow to boil.
  • Add the brandy or Cognac and place into glass container.
  • Refrigerate at least one day (or two, to taste), then strain the wine and serve in small glasses; it will be slightly cloudy but very tasty and very good for helping digest those large dinners everybody had!
  • Note: honey and golden syrup have different tastes, and I like both. It's nice to have the both versions of the wine with made, for different folks' tastes!

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Serving: 187gCalories: 231.3kcalCarbohydrates: 28.8gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSodium: 9.4mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 24.4g
Keyword Beginner Cook, Beverages, Christmas, Easy, European, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Punch, Refrigerator, Scottish, Spicy, Stove Top, Thanksgiving, Weeknight, Winter
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