Five easy wine recipes for the impatient and busy Christmas food enthusiasts

Wine's ability to captivate our senses with a symphony of flavours, aromas, and stories makes it a truly remarkable beverage. Representative image/iStock/Rostislav_Sedlacek

Yes, wine improves with its age and 'ageing like fine wine' is a quote we love to throw around. But, what if we are pressed for time but want to have some homemade wine for Christmas? There is no need to fret as there are some simple ways to make good wine at home within a short period. Some of these might not be extremely common wine options but are on par with traditional ones in their taste. 

Lololikka wine
Wine made of Indian coffee plum aka 'lololikka,' 'lovelokikka,' 'lubikka' or 'seemanellikka' is a red, colourful drink that just needs five days to ferment to its best taste. A fistful of common spices, a little sugar, water and these colourful fruits can be blended easily to make it. Here's the easy recipe.

Pineapple wine
Pineapple and its peel are both used to make strong, flavourful Christmas wines that have a bittersweet and acidic taste, though it's a low-alcohol wine. At the same time, food experts do not recommend long-time storage of pineapple wines like the traditional ones. It is best suited to be prepared during the festive period and consumed within a few days. Here's the recipe.

Banana wine
Are you one of those '11th-hour planners' looking for the quickest wine possible? Go for a banana wine made of palayamkodan variety. You can use any banana to make it but palayamkodan is the best. Here's how to prepare the wine

The 'palayamkodan' variety of banana is the best to make this wine. Photo: Shutterstock/Fakur Syu

Grape wine
Not many can think about easy grape wine as the conventional 'grape wine image' is that of the drink coming out of grandfather bottles. But, it has some easy versions too, prepared after boiling the grape, and infusing it with spices. Here's the recipe

Ginger wine
Consuming small portions of ginger wine is considered good for our gut health and digestion. Some people add caramel syrup to give it an interesting colour. However, you can also prepare it without the syrup, which would be a colourless yet delicious drink. Here's the recipe

Ginger wine is considered good for digestion. Photo: Special Arrangement
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