Rhubarb & Custard Wine Recipe

Rhubarb And Custard Wine RecipeTaking a lead from the craft beer scene, wine doesn't have to just be wine.  We can have fun with it.  And this recipe for a rhubarb and custard wine is an easy to make adjustment to a finished rhubarb wine recipe.  I find this works best with the stewed rhubarb wine recipe as the rhubarb flavour is more powerful.

So how do you add custard to a wine? In truth you don't, but you make the wine taste like it's got custard in.  Using just 2 ingredients, we can make it taste like it has custard in it.  Lactose, which is a sugar derived from milk which gives a smooth creamy texture, sweetness and a creaminess too.  And vanilla essence to give that vanilla flavouring like in custard.

You'll get the tartness from the stewed rhubarb, smoothed out by the lactose, a gentle sweetness all topped off with the hint of vanilla.  Delicious!


You will Need

4.5 Litres Rhubarb Wine
400g Lactose
40ml Vanilla Extract


Preserving Pan / Large Saucepan

Demi-John with Air-Lock
Bottles Corks Corker


Once you have a clear home made rhubarb wine, you can follow the below method to turn it into Rhubarb and Custard Wine. Syphon your finished rhubarb wine into a clean sterilised demi-john before using the method below.

1 - Syphon 300ml of rhubarb wine from a demi-john and put into a small saucepan.

2 - Turn on the heat

3 - As the wine is heating up, add 400g of lactose and stir.  It will turn the wine milky but don't worry the lactose will turn clear.

4 - Add the 40ml of vanilla extract (please remember that the strength of vanilla extract can vary, so you may need less or more depending on the extract you are using).

5 - Bring to the boil, stirring all the time.

6 - Boil for 30 seconds or until the liquid turns clear.

7 - As soon as it is clear, take the pan off the heat.

8 - Swirl the wine in the demi-john so that the wine is spinning.

9 - using a funnel, slowly pour the wine, lactose & vanilla mixture from the saucepan into the demi-john. 

10 - Swirl the wine in the demi-john some more to make sure all the lactose mixture is incorporated.  

11 - Put in the airlock and put somewhere cool to allow the mixture to cool and clear.

12 - Once clear, bottle as normal.  Store for 1 month and then pop it in the fridge to chill and then pop open and enjoy a weirdly wonderful bottle of wine.


Happy brewing and remember to drink responsibly.

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