Hixon Allotments Association

Courgette Wine

Courgettes are not just good in ratatouille, they can also be made into a delicious wine. So if you have a lot of surplus from your harvest, this is one way you can use your courgettes.

4 lbs of Courgettes, chopped
2 lemons, juiced
1 orange, juiced
6 oz of sliced raisins
1 oz of ginger
2 lbs of sugar
1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
a gallon of water


  1. Start by putting the chopped courgettes in a nylon straining bag and placing them in the bucket of water where you plan to ferment them.

  2. Boil the water for a few minutes or until the courgettes have been cooked. Turn off the heat and allow the water to cool to room temperature before pouring the lemon and orange juice. Add the yeast nutrient.

  3. Leave the mixture in the primary to ferment for a week remembering to press down the cap at least twice a day.

  4. Strain the mixture, add the sugar (you can also add ginger and other spices at this point) and transfer to a demijohn to continue the fermentation process for at least six months.

  5. It would have a better taste though if you allow it to ferment for a year. The alcohol content may even reach as much as 10 percent.

  6. Needs a good year to be good, but its drinkable in 6 months.