How to Make Osmanthus Wine At Home?

how to make osmanthus wine at home

I. What is Osmanthus Wine?

Osmanthus Wine, originally named “Osmanthus Aged Wine”, is a kind of rice wine and also the exclusive imperial wine of the emperors in the Qing Dynasty. Throughout the ages, people have been following the traditional custom of drinking Osmanthus Wine together on the Mid-Autumn Festival night to enjoy the happiness of a family reunion. In this blog, we will discover how to make osmanthus wine at home.

Osmanthus is not only regarded as a symbol of wealth, good fortune, and prosperity of descendants and grandchildren but also a symbol of friendship. The mellow aroma and delicious taste of Osmanthus Wine are highly praised. Bai Juyi once highly praised this wine with the beautiful line “The threadlike willow is not fragrant but the Osmanthus Wine is, and the red cherry is colorless with fine spray”. All these fully reflect the ancient people’s cherish for Osmanthus Wine.

How to Make Osmanthus Wine At Home

II. Is Osmanthus Wine a real wine?

The Osmanthus Wine brewed at home is actually just a kind of rice wine and not a real wine.
But there is another kind of Osmanthus Wine produced in Chongqing, which is a kind of liquor. This kind of Osmanthus Wine is first brewed successfully with traditional liquor, and then the liquor is laid for 1-3 years. Then the brewed Osmanthus dew is infiltrated into the liquor, and then carefully brewed. After such brewing, it becomes an Osmanthus liquor with full fragrance and mellow taste.

III. How to make Osmanthus Wine (rice wine) at home?

You can make Osmanthus Wine (rice wine) at home which is even better than the ones bought. Not only is the wine body clear, but also it has a faint fragrance of Osmanthus.


  1. Dried osmanthus: about 300g
  2. Glutinous rice: 1kg
  3. Pure water: 1000ml
  4. Plant wine starter: 10g

Step1. Soak glutinous rice

First, we prepare one kilogram of glutinous rice and soak it for more than four hours. After soaking, every grain should be plump and can be crushed easily with a gentle pinch. Then wash the glutinous rice several times with clean water. In this way, the brewed Osmanthus wine has a clear wine body and the wine will not be turbid. Then drain and remove the cleaned glutinous rice and put it in another large bowl.

Step2. Add dried osmanthus

Then sprinkle about 300 grams of dried Osmanthus on it and stir evenly the glutinous rice and dried Osmanthus with chopsticks. Only in this way can the brewed rice wine have a faint fragrance of Osmanthus.

Step3. Steam

Then pour the stirred Osmanthus and glutinous rice together into the steamer. Use chopsticks to spread the glutinous rice and Osmanthus evenly, and then poke some small holes on it. Steam the Osmanthus and glutinous rice with high heat until they are cooked. The cooked glutinous rice should be as plump and distinct as ours.

Step4. Add plant wine starter

Then pour the cooked glutinous rice and Osmanthus into a large basin. Add 500 milliliters of cooled boiled water or purified water into it and stir evenly with your gentle hands. This can improve the wine yield. The secret to making Osmanthus with a high wine yield and good taste lies in this plant wine starter.

Put half of the plant wine starter in a small bowl and mash it. Mash it into this powder-like state, and then sprinkle the plant wine starter powder into the cooled glutinous rice and Osmanthus. Stir evenly with chopsticks. The more evenly it is stirred, the better the later fermentation effect will be.

Step5. Ferment out osmanthus wine

Finally, press and compact the glutinous rice tightly. Then use the rolling pin passed down from your family to make a small hole in the middle. This can facilitate observing the wine yield. Then sprinkle another handful of dried Osmanthus on the surface, which can increase the fragrance of Osmanthus. We seal the mouth of the bowl with plastic wrap. Put it in a place away from light and keep it warm, and let it ferment for about two days first. After two days have passed, at this time we can see that a lot of wine has been fermented in the bowl.

In this way, the Osmanthus Wine is already made. Then we add another 500 milliliters of cooled boiled water or purified water into the bowl, which can improve the wine yield. Continue to seal the mouth of the bowl with plastic wrap. Put it in a shaded and warm place to ferment for another two days. When the fermented glutinous rice is like ours, it can float on the top of the wine. The brewed Osmanthus wine body is clear and not turbid. It also has a faint fragrance of Osmanthus when drunk.

Then filter the cooled Osmanthus Wine with a filter to filter out the residues inside.

Finally, put the filtered Osmanthus Wine in your favorite bottle, and you can also put it in the refrigerator for refrigeration. It tastes more refreshing in summer.

How to Make Osmanthus Wine At Home?

IV. How does Osmanthus Wine taste?

The charm of Osmanthus Wine starts from Osmanthus, with the fusion of the original fragrance of Osmanthus and the fragrance of rice. When you taste osmanthus wine, you can feel the sweet fragrance of Osmanthus floating in the wine. It has the characteristics of fragrance, refreshing taste, and sweetness.

V. What are the benefits of drinking Osmanthus Wine?

Osmanthus Wine usually contains a variety of vitamins and trace elements. Osmanthus Wine is sweet, mellow, and has the effects of appetizing, and refreshing the mind. The ancients believed that: Osmanthus is the longest of all medicines, so drinking Osmanthus Wine can achieve the effect of “drinking it and living a thousand years”. As early as the Eastern Han Dynasty, Osmanthus Wine was a fine product used by people to worship the gods and ancestors. After the sacrifice, the juniors respected and used Osmanthus Wine to the elders, and after the elders drank it, it symbolized a long life.


In this blog, we have covered various aspects of osmanthus wine. We have detailed how to make osmanthus wine at home, using ingredients such as dried osmanthus, glutinous rice, pure water, and plant wine starter. We have also explored whether osmanthus wine is real, and it indeed is. The benefits of osmanthus wine include its potential for relaxation and its osmanthus fragrance. Regarding the taste, osmanthus wine typically has a delightful and fragrant flavor with the essence of osmanthus.

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