Growing our own drinks

There is so much that we grow that we make into drinks. Lets share ideas, success and the not so successful

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Rhubarb Cordial 5 Replies

Not so much a recipe, more a method:) Chop as many stalks of rhubarb as available and barely cover with water. Add a generous knob of sliced fresh ginger and finely grated orange or lemon zest,…Continue

Tags: recipe, cordial, Rhubarb

Started by Megan. Last reply by Megan Aug 31, 2014.

Rhubarb Fizz

I had heard about this drink but never thought to make it until recently. It is delicious.Non alcaholic, fizzy, tart yet sweet, very thirst quenching.  4 cups chopped raw rhubarb4 cups white sugar1/2…Continue

Started by Teeli Feb 7, 2013.

Apple Cider Recipe 1 Reply

This is from the NZ Gardener Mag1.5 kg cooking apples5.7 litres cooled boiled water1kg white sugar3 Lemons Joyce and grated zestPlace apples in plastic bags and freeze for 3 daysRemove from freezer…Continue

Started by Yvonne Nikolaison. Last reply by Maria King Mar 26, 2011.

Mead 2 Replies

If any one happens to also be a beekeeper, I can recommend mead as a simple to prepare drink. I have a demi-john of it bubbling away at the moment. Basic receipe is: 2 kg of honey to approx 5 litres…Continue

Started by David Johnson. Last reply by David Johnson Mar 19, 2011.

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Comment by David Johnson on March 18, 2011 at 9:14pm
I used a Campden tablet in the perry I made as I didn't trust that it was just wild yeast on the pears that I had, but other than that the only additive was some wine yeast and nutrients (all came in the same packet).
Comment by moggy on March 18, 2011 at 7:40pm
sugar and yeast are the only chemicals you need,
Comment by David Johnson on March 18, 2011 at 6:22pm

Which chemicals are you talking about about? There are some that make sense to use. 


Comment by Rachel on March 18, 2011 at 5:57pm
Hi, I have some grapes ripening up and I would love to make wine but I am extremly frugal ( hate spending money ) Surely there is a way to make it without all the added chemicals that most websites advocate?
Comment by Tara McFarlane on March 15, 2011 at 5:14pm

I've recently discovered water (soda) kefir as well as Milk Kefir - both wonderful probiotic drinks.

Also making Kombucha, totally delish made with fruit tea.

Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on March 7, 2011 at 2:42pm
I have put a apple cider recipe in the discussion forum. Would be Interested in other cider recipes. Enjoy
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on March 7, 2011 at 2:22pm
Hi Sharon

Would love to here more about your wine making.
Comment by Megan on March 6, 2011 at 10:30pm
hello Sharon,  you'll find Ngaire's recipe here
Comment by Kali on March 2, 2011 at 3:55pm
mmm that brings back memories, I used to make that with my mum years ago, if only I had lemons doing  a-bun-dance. lots of little green ones coming though
Comment by Jane Maarie on March 2, 2011 at 8:51am

I am sure you can use this same lemon recipe plus add other fruits such as elderflowers or raspberries, currants or what ever berry you have on hand.

This is the same recipe that was used many years ago when the farmers were out in the fields making hay in hot scorching weather.  This drink is definately a thirst quencher.


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