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Homemade Lychee Wine

This Lychee wine recipe is easy to make, and produces a unique and delicious dessert wine - basically like a lychee flavoured ice wine!
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Resting time120 d
Total Time120 d 4 hrs
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Asian, French
Servings: 1 Gallon
Calories: 5790kcal
Author: Marie Porter
Cost: $20


Large pot
Slotted Spoon
Large wire strainer
2 gallon fermenter bucket and lid
1 air lock and stopper
Long spoon / paddle
2 1 gallon carboys
Siphon, siphon tubing.



  • Pour canned lychees - fruit AND syrup - into a food processor or blender, blitz to chop. You may need to do this in batches.
  • Combine lychees & syrup, sugar, and water in a large pot. Heat over medium until just before it starts boiling.
  • Once mixture starts bubbling, turn the temp to low and simmer for 40 minutes. Think more “keep it warm”, than any kind of active simmer.
  • While the pot is simmering, prepare your fermenter bucket: Wash and sanitize a 2 gallon plastic fermenter, lid, stopper, and air lock.
  • Place acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, and tannin into the plastic fermenter. Affix the stopper to the lid of the fermenter, cover and set aside.
  • Once the 40 is up, cover the pot, remove from heat, allow to cool.*
  • Once cool, carefully pour wine into the fermenter.
  • Affix air lock to lid, cover the bucket, and allow to fully cool over night. For the sake of consistency in readings - and therefore accuracy in ABV calculations - this should be done where you plan to let the wine ferment for the next few months - usually a basement.
  • The next morning, check the Specific Gravity and write it down in your notes, along with the date (optional)
  • Add yeast to the fermenter bucket, stir with a long, sanitized spoon. Affix the lid, allow to sit for 24 hours.
  • The next day, check to make sure that the yeast has started fermenting - there should be bubbles in the airlock, and/or foam in the liquid. Put the lid back on, allow to ferment for one week.
  • * It doesn’t have to be all the way to room temperature, just cool enough that if it splashes on you, it won’t hurt - that’s a good guideline!
  • After a week or so, use your sanitized siphon setup to rack the must into a freshly sanitized carboy. Put the carboy somewhere cool (not cold!), and leave it alone for a month or so.
  • Using sanitized equipment, rack the wine off the sediment, into a clean, freshly sanitized carboy. Cap with sanitized airlock, leave it alone for another 1 month.
  • Rack one more time, leave it for another 2 months or so.
  • When your wine has been racked a few times and shows NO more fermenting activity for a month or so (no bubbles in the airlock, no more sediment being produced, you can move on to back sweetening and bottling.
  • Follow the instructions on your selected type of wine stabilizer to stop fermentation from restarting. For potassium sorbate, this needs to be done 2-3 days before bottling.
  • Take a gravity reading if applicable, then back sweeten as desired, using sanitized equipment.
  • Using sanitized equipment, rack the wine into clean, sanitized bottles. Cork.


*It doesn’t have to be all the way to room temperature, just cool enough that if it splashes on you, it won’t hurt - that’s a good guideline!
Software generates nutritional information based on the ingredients as they start, and is unable to account for the sugars consumed in the fermentation process. As such, the calories, sugars, and carbs are shown WAY higher than reality.
Additionally, the listed value is for the entire recipe, NOT per serving.


Calories: 5790kcal | Carbohydrates: 1488g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 4529mg | Fiber: 33g | Sugar: 1436g | Vitamin A: 5915IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 8mg