Beverage Recipes > Parsnip Wine

How to make Mrs. Gurney’s parsnip wine:
An original recipe from a farmhouse in Bierton, Buckinghamshire. The wine is very strong and tastes something like whisky.


12 large parsnips
8 cups sugar
1 gallon water
1 orange
1 lemon
1 tablespoon yeast
1 slice of toast
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- Wash but do not peel the parsnips.
- Cut into slices and place in a saucepan with the water.
- Cook until tender.
- Strain the liquid into a bowl with the sugar, orange and lemon.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then place the warm toast on top with the yeast spread on it.
- Leave for 10 days or so before straining and bottling.
- Cork tightly for eight weeks and keep for 6 months before using.