How to Make Wine Jelly

Updated on October 3, 2017
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Jeff Johnston is a medieval reenactor and avid history fan. He is also the publisher at Living History Publications.

Home Made Wine Jelly
Home Made Wine Jelly

What to do with leftover wine: Make Wine Jelly

Jelly made with wine is extremely tasty, and the best part is that since you can use any wine, you can easily customize this recipe with your favourite wine and end up with a jelly tailored to your individual tastes. Any wine can be used, including fruit wines and meads. The first time I made this, I used my oak-aged chai mead. It was a huge hit, but if you prefer a nice, dark, bold red, or a sweet white, or even a desert wine, feel free to vary it up, and see what you end up with.


  • 2 cups of your favourite wine or mead
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice strained
  • 3 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pouch liquid fruit pectin


  1. Place wine lemon juice and sugar in a large sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in pectin.
  4. Skim off scum until clear.
  5. Laddel into hot sterile jars, leaving ΒΌ-inch airspace. Wipe rim of jars, and seal finger tight.
  6. Hot water process for 15 minutes.
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How to Chose Your Wine

Choosing a wine for this recipe is a key step. As I have stated, you can use any wine you like for this recipe and it will work, of course some will turn out tastier than others. Sweeter wines tend to turn out nicer generally, but dry can have some added benefit. I am a huge fan of using mead with this recipe but I am after all known as TheMeadMan.

If the end result is really what you are looking for, a nice bold red will give a dark red jelly, but a rose will give you beautifully clear pink jelly. Naturally the jelly at the end will be essentially the same colour as the wine you started with.

While often people use cheaper wines to cook with not worrying too much about flavour, I would advise against doing this, especially with this recipe. You want to highlight the flavour of the wine and allow its full range to be displayed. A poor quality wine will produce a poor quality jelly. Always choose your wine with care and you'll end up with a far superior end product. Avoid cooking wine at all costs, cooking wine is a waste of grapes and should never be used in cooking, never use a wine you won't drink to cook with.

What Now?

Ideas for using your jelly

Now that you have this wonderful jelly what do you do with it? Sure you could just spread it on toast and eat it like that, but surely such a masterpiece requires something more worthy. Why not try a baked brie? Baked Brie is a wheel of brie cheese and your favourite toping wrapped in pastry and baked. It's a great treat, fairly easy to make and you'll blow your friends away at the next potluck if you show up with a baked brie with homemade wine jelly.

But that's not all you can do, experiment, jelly is for more than just PB&J's, although peanut butter and wine jelly sandwich is an excellent lunch. In short enjoy your jelly, share it, I guarantee you won't regret making it.

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        Jeanice 7 weeks ago

        Liquid pectin is most always added at the end

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        Tiffany 2 years ago

        How many jars does this recipe make?

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        Jeff Johnston 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

        To be honest I am unsure why its added after. Not sure that it makes a difference one way or the other.

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        L.Smith 3 years ago

        I'm new to jelly making, want to try...wondering if there is a reason that the pectin is added after cooking in this recipe, most add it during the cooking---------thanks

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        Jeff Johnston 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @hertramj: 15 Minutes is more than sufficient for most size jars.

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        hertramj 3 years ago

        How long do you hot water process? Going to try it with Rhubarb wine.

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        drewcostello 5 years ago

        Must try. Thanks for your lens.

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        hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

        Baked brie and wine jelly, you say? Suddenly... I'm in the mood to entertain guests... I haven't ever made (or eaten) wine jelly, but due to the local abundance of affordable and excellent wine (and my own status as a confirmed lightweight) I do wind up with leftover wine pretty often. And yes, "cooking wine" is a silly concept, best left unexplored.

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        Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @Hargeo: You'll love it. Its so very tasty. Works well with thumbprint cookies too :D

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        Hargeo 5 years ago

        Have to try this! Thanks for this recipe

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        mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

        This looks delicious. I would love to try this at least once in my life.

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        GeekGirl1 5 years ago

        Sounds like a delicious way to enjoy wine. I love to try this.

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        Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @ecogranny: Thanks... it is good, the trick is choosing the best wine/mead for your personal tastes.

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        Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

        What a keen idea! Sounds delish!

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        Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @thegreeneredge: Thanks... wine jelly is fun, it was the first jam type thing I ever attempted.

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        thegreeneredge 5 years ago

        Oh my word! I'm in trouble now! HAD NO IDEA you could do this! I just made my own freezer jam....I'm looking forward to THIS! Great and original lens!

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        avigarret 5 years ago

        Had no idea wine jelly existed but it looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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        Rose Jones 6 years ago

        Sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the idea of the wine jelly in brie.

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        BusyMOM LM 6 years ago

        love this! My cousin has a vineyard and makes wine jellies all the time. deeeelish!

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        TheArtLibrarian 6 years ago

        I had no idea you could do this. Thanks!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Sounds like an interesting treat!

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        WriterJanis2 6 years ago

        Nicely done. I want some!

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        mary lighthouse15 6 years ago

        looks yummy!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I do like my jam that's for sure.

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        Inkhand 6 years ago

        I love your wine jelly recipe, not only is it tasty but it is adjustable to any kind of wine.

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        Jeff Johnston 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @Inkhand: Thanks, I originally tweaked another wine jelly recipe in order to be able to create mead jelly. Since the experiment was a complete success I thought I'd post the recipe and make it adjustable to whatever type of wine a person liked. I plan on trying this recipe out with a Peary (pear equivalent of hard apple cider).

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        Jeff Johnston 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @anonymous: thanks, didn't know about the recipe module, I am a newbie here at squidoo just making do with what I do know what to do... ;)

        I'll play with that module and may just update this lens :D

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Your wine jelly recipe will get us into the kitchen for sure! I had never heard about making jelly with wine and would have never guessed it would be so easy to do. I'd like to let you know about the recipe module that is available and is easy as your recipe to use. Browse all modules, All Modules and "R". It does allow a printable version, which is handy...but don't feel obligated to use it unless you want to.

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        iWriteaLot 6 years ago

        Very nice! I've got a bottle of Zin in the fridge. I'll have to try to make some wine jelly with it and see what happens. Thanks for the idea!

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        Jeff Johnston 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

        @leeleon: Thanks, glad you liked it, I'll definitely check out your fondue recipe too.

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        leeleon 6 years ago

        nice recipe. Welcome to see my fondue recipe. I will try your recipe.