Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

When I was a teenager, my mother made this wine quite often. It is a sweeter wine, so if you like your wine a little drier, decrease the sugar. I like it just the way it is, and have for many years.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 quart unsweetened grape juice or 1 quart other unsweetened juice
  • 12 raisins


  1. Mix juice, sugar, yeast and raisins in a 1-gallon small mouth glass jar.
  2. Fill to neck of jar with water and mix well.
  3. Place a large balloon over opening of jar and secure with a rubber band.
  4. Put the jar with mixture in a place where it won't have to be moved.
  5. Let stand about 6 weeks.
  6. After 6 weeks is over, wine may be strained and bottled.
  7. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

This recipe is great. I only used 4 cups of sugar and I boiled the water first. Also I sterilized the jugs. Turned out really good. It was quite strong. The easiest wine I have ever made. Thanks for the recipe Lila.

anola November 17, 2008

My best friend and I made this about three years ago. Very good, VERY STRONG!!!

Jessica Costello January 13, 2006

When I was 16 I was a bad boy and made a similar recipe in my mothers basment from one I found in an old cook book my gradmother had. I lost that recipe. Thanks for posting this one. One tip I do remember from the old recipe is that the mixture should be boiled and let cool before adding the yeast to prevent contamination. Thanks so much for sharing.

Richard P January 02, 2006

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