You’re probably curious about maple wine-making. Perhaps you’re already experienced and looking for more recipes to try.
Either way, you’re here trying to find maple wine recipes. You’re in luck because in this article, let’s go through a few different maple wine recipes!
Traditional wines are made when yeasts feed on the sugars in grape juice and turn them into alcohol. In the last few decades, this old industry has grown quickly.
Due to this, people have been trying different ways to create wine, including maple wine!
Maple Wine Ingredients
- 4 1/2 cups maple syrup
- 10 cups of water
- Two thinly sliced oranges or lemons
- One Campden tablet
- One package of yeast for wine
- Primary fermenter (carboy), stirring spoon, hydrometer, straining bag, siphon tube, and tubing kit
- Sanitizer: 1-gallon carboy or jug with an airlock and bung
- You can keep track of and change the temperature with a thermometer and a brewing belt.
Here’s the maple wine recipe and the steps you need to take to get some going!
Put maple sap, water, and sugar in the first carboy.
You can also add Campden tablets and oranges or lemons. Let sit for 24 hours. Add yeast after 24 hours.
Let the yeast get wet and start fermenting. Pour 4 ounces of warm, chlorine-free water into a large cup.
Mix the yeast and water together, then let the mixture sit in a cup for 15 minutes. After that, make sure it is bubbling, then add it to your wine.
Take the reading from your hydrometer and figure out all the measurements.
Attach your airlock and wait for the fermentation to finish. After that, let the juice ferment with the pulp for 5–7 days, giving it a gentle stir every day.
After 5-7 days, when the foaming has stopped, you will siphon the wine off the sediment into your secondary container, which is usually a glass carboy.
After straining into your second carboy, wait until fermentation stops. This could be between several weeks to several months.
Even though yeast activity will decrease as fermentation continues, fermentation will still happen as long as there is foaming or bubbling.
Then, pour the beer into a clean carboy.
After three weeks:
- Rack a sweet wine.
- Mix 1 cup of wine with 1/2 cup of sugar or maple syrup.
- Stir the mixture slowly, and put it back into the second carboy.
Repeat the process every six weeks until adding sugar no longer starts the fermentation process again. Rack it every three months until it’s a year old.
When the wine is clear and still, taste it and put it in a bottle.
Aging / Bottling
You can do the racking process more than once to get the best clarity, but It would be best to wait a day or two between each time so the sediment can settle. Racking is not suggested more than once because it increases the chance of oxidation, which means that the air will change the taste of the wine.
Use a siphon cork to seal the bottle, and let the wine sit for 6 to 12 months before drinking. Some people would rather wait even two years!
Maple Mulled Wine (1 Hour Infusion)
- One good dry red wine bottle (pinot noir or similar)
- The strips of peel from one orange and two lemons
- Two sticks of cinnamon
- 1-star anise
- Three cloves
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavor)
- As needed, lemon and maple sugar
Mix the wine, zest, spices, and maple syrup in a large saucepan over high heat. Raise the temperature until it reaches the point where it starts to boil.
Turn off the heat as soon as the mixture starts to boil and let it sit for an hour. Strain the mulled wine, put it back in the pot, and bring it back to a boil.
Serve in elegant glasses with a slice of lemon on top.
Dip the edges of the glasses in lemon juice and maple sugar before pouring the wine. Serve candy made from maple syrup with the wine.
It’s a nice finishing touch that completes and makes the whole thing look refined. It will take 1 hour for it to steep and infuse.
Maple Mulled Wine (2-8 Hour Cook)
It is all in red wine, fresh apple cider, orange juice or oranges, and spices. You can make it as is or add some of your favorite brandy to spice things up (or another favorite liquor).
This is the most accessible drink you can make for your holiday parties this year.
You can make it on the stove in as little as 15 minutes or let it simmer for up to 3 hours. You could even let it cook all day on low in your slow cooker.
A great distraction to your guests that will also infuse your house with a lovely aroma.
You can use Star Anise, which smells like licorice. Some people might dislike licorice, but it actually gives this mulled wine a great taste.
You can also add whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh orange juice, and apple slices. Even cranberries for decorating! You can add whatever fruits or spices you desire to customize it fully.
- One 750-milliliter bottle of any red wine
- One cup of fresh apple cider.
- Check ingredients to ensure it’s just apples/apple juice.
- One tablespoon of maple syrup. Add more to taste.
- 14 cups of fresh orange juice
- 3 to 4 sticks of cinnamon
- Four cloves, whole
- 4-star anise
- ½ tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup brandy or your favorite liquor, if you want to.
Put everything in a large pot and heat it over medium heat until it simmers. Do not bring it to a boil, or you could lose the alcohol content.
Reduce the temperature to medium-low and maintain a slow simmer for at least 15 minutes, a maximum of 3 hours. Serve with an orange slice, apple slice, cranberry sauce, and a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Instructions
Put everything in a slow cooker and let it cook on low for 7-8 hours. It can be finished in as little as two to three hours.
Bonus; Maple Mead With Spices
Yes, this list was for wines, but this easy-to-make mead deserves a spot due to how sweet and good it tastes! This is for the winemakers out there who are interested in exploring!
Wine and mead recipes have always gone hand in hand. You may even discover ingredients or techniques you can use to spice up your maple wine recipes!
- 1 Saucepan
- 1 Wooden spoon
- One bottle jug (1 gal)
- 1 Funnel
- Five bottles that can handle pressure
- 1-quart honey
- One can of maple syrup
- One stick of cinnamon
- Four sprigs
- ¼ cup raisins
- One orange (washed and cut into thin slices)
- 14 envelopes of champagne yeast
- 12 cups of liquid
Clean and disinfect the tools and work area.
Mix the cinnamon, cloves, raisins, maple syrup, and honey in a saucepan. Let it simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
Take the pot off the heat and pour about 1L of water. Blend well.
Pour what’s in the saucepan into the carboy using the funnel. Put in the slices of orange.
Fill the carboy with cold water up to 5 cm from the edge.
Follow the instructions on the package to rehydrate the champagne yeast in a small bowl with 14 cups of warm water.
Add the rehydrated yeast to the carboy. Close the top with the hole and the airlock. Fill the airlock up to the fill line with water.
Ferment at room temperature for four weeks or until the airlock stops making bubbles.
Bottle in bottles that can handle pressure.
As soon as the mead is put into bottles, it can be drunk. But your patience will pay off because mead tastes better after it has been aged in bottles for up to 6 months.
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Making wine has already become a personalized endeavor. People have different ways to make their wines, including maple wine recipes!
You’ll barely find wine recipes compared to mead due to how personalized the wine recipes are. Don’t worry, as the two are very closely related.
You can still find inspiration from their recipes! Just remember to brew these well and always drink responsibly!