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 Syl Hux on May 4, 2012 at 10:23am

Yes that could be the problem, I'll try that to see if it makes any difference.  I've actually got 2 batches of grape wine, cos the grapes didn't all ripen at the same time.  The problem one is the second batch, the first batch tastes delicious so far.  Thanks moggy

Comment by moggy on May 4, 2012 at 9:53am

It could just be that you need to add more sugar.

Comment by Syl Hux on May 4, 2012 at 9:38am

I have demijohns of fruit wine simmering away all picked from my garden - blackpeach, plum, carrot and rhubarb.  I've just started my first grape wine, but I think I got a tiny fly in (you know the ones that hover around fruit and drown in a glass of wine) and it's tasting really sour. (I put a campden tablet in when I started it off.) Does anyone know if it's salvageable or if it's a lost cause?

Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on November 17, 2011 at 10:20am
I have keffir water grains, but not enough to spilt it at this time. I have neglected it the last month or so. I will keep you in mind.
Comment by Anna Holmes on November 11, 2011 at 1:57pm

Does anyone have surplus water kefir grains that I can buy or swap?


Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on April 25, 2011 at 10:57am
Hi Shelley
Here is the link for the Fejioa juice.

Will get the grape juice recipe up soon
Comment by shelley north on April 24, 2011 at 7:28pm
Yum feijoa cordial and grape juice would love to know how you do these...
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on April 23, 2011 at 5:02pm
Made some grape juice and Plum gin this afternoon. The grape juice was quite nice, especially since the grapes are very tart. Have brought fejoa's to make some cordial
Comment by David Johnson on April 10, 2011 at 11:34pm
Successful tasting of this years Perry. Very nice. One day I will actually work out how strong it is, but I am mainly focused on the taste.
Comment by Rachel on March 23, 2011 at 2:24pm

Thanks for taking the time to answer, I will keep you updated when I open my first bottle.


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