How to make Palm wine alternative

How to make Palm wine alternative, Palm wine alternative

The Nigerian Palm wine plays a very important role in traditional celebration and it is always a must have.
Since a lot of us live outside Nigeria and can’t get our hands on it, this could be a close substitute, if you must have it at your event.

 I have to make it clear again that, this is NOT your everyday palmwine, but a simple method of making alcohol that looks like, smells like and tastes like Palm wine.

It was a lab experiment one crazy professor taught my collegues and I at the UNI and  funny as it may seem; One of us has turned it into a fast growing business outside Nigeria and supplying to African weddings and parties.

It is made in the same process as the tapped palm wine, just that instead of fermenting the sweet tasting palm sap with yeast present in the gourd, we will be fermenting cane sugar or castor sugar with normal baking yeast or brewers yeast.

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Ingredients for Palm Wine substitute:
– 200ml  cool water (in a plastic bottle)
– 50ml  warm water
– 10-12 spoonful castor sugar or cane sugar )
-10 grams fresh yeast or(3 grams dried yeast)
– A balloon(to check fermentation)
– A rubber band( optional)

Palm Wine making Directions :

* First dissolve the yeast in warm water

* Add sugar and mix thoroughly

* Pour the yeast mixture into the bottle containing the cool water, cover with the tap and shake lightly.

* Remove the bottle cap and place the balloon on the bottle mouth;press the rest of the balloon inside the bottle.Seal the top with rubber band.

* Store in a dark place for 48 to 72 hours

* After 48 hours , you will get a whiter solution with bubbles in it and the rest of the balloon you inserted inside,would have risen to the top(inflated).You’ll also see some residue at the bottom.

*Take off the balloon at the top, cover with bottle cap and shake well.

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* And your homemade Palm wine is ready. Chill,serve and Enjoy!

— Palm wine is also known in Nigeria, as Palmy, Mmaya ngwo, Nkwu Elu.Mmanya Ocha, Emu and Oguro)  —

 By Nky Lily Lete


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  1. Lolee Ofa
    March 16, 2023 / 8:15 am

    Excellent Result. Taste and smell top notch. However, the sugar was way too much. I will half the sugar for the next batch. Hopefully it won’t affect the fermentation process. I will then titrate upwards for the perfect balance. Will report back my experience. Thanks. HINT: 3g of yeast is 3/4 of a tsp.

  2. Chinedum
    December 7, 2022 / 8:34 pm

    I tried it! Tasted and smelled like palm wine. I used the lower sugar, heaped full, not levelled. I found the sugar a bit too much. I shall be making again, i shall reduce the sugar this time. Thanks for sharing

  3. Obi Anyanwu
    April 25, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    Does this method produce similar taste, smell and flavor as the traditional palm wine?

    • April 29, 2022 / 12:19 am

      Interestingly, it does and has been used for traditional
      weddings in most parts of Europe by some Nigerians
      in the absence of the original palm wine

  4. Moses
    June 11, 2021 / 5:14 pm

    What is the volume of alcohol in it

  5. Fi
    May 24, 2020 / 12:34 am

    So is it total 10 g yeast or 13g??

  6. Anane
    March 26, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Hello, When you say 10-12 spoonfuls sugar, is that teaspoons or tablespoons. Do you have an approximate weight in grams of sugar that is recommended? Thank you. Excited to try this!

  7. ken
    December 4, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Sister m biko which store do i find d castor sugar n d fresh yeast, 2ndly hw do i do d mixture to increase d alcoholic volume. Udo dili gi.

  8. Christopher Tarr
    July 13, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I see several types of palm sugar and palm nectar. Would this work, what is the nectar on store shelves

  9. Farhana Tugga Abdulrahman
    April 11, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Hello, please how will i make pure palm wine without fermenting it

  10. Unknown
    April 11, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Hello, please how will i produce pure palm wine?

  11. Mike umukoro
    May 22, 2015 / 10:52 am

    I made 10 gallons for my sister's traditional wedding here in Alaska and it was a success, everyone was thrilled to have palmwine. Some even thought we imported it hahaha .Now i make palmwine with your recipe, to supply to people's wedding. Thanks my sister, you a doing us proud ooo 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    December 14, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    What type of yeast did you use? Am curious. Is it the type for baking or…… please want to know

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 15, 2014 / 10:05 am

      I used fresh baking yeast, but the instant powdered yeast will do too.

  13. ashrel goh
    November 15, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Thanks.I am currently preparing it , but did not know when it would be ready lol

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 17, 2014 / 9:44 am

      It would be ready in 48 hrs to 72hrs.After 48hrs, check the drink, you'll notice the change in smell.It tends to ferment faster in hot weather, but in colder days it will take 72hrs.Watch the video and you'll see how it looks when it is ready.

  14. ashrel goh
    November 15, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Thank u.I followed the recipe , but didnt know when its finished

  15. ashrel goh
    November 15, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Ms. Lily How long can the Palm Wine made with this method be kept before it goes bad? Will it turn into vinegar? Also once the ballon no longer inflates is it done?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 15, 2014 / 2:34 pm

      It takes about 48 to 72 hours to get the palm wine taste, don't depend solely on the balloon. and the fermentation process actually stops when stored in the fridge. It can keep for 3 days. That's the longest I have stored it.

  16. Anonymous
    July 1, 2014 / 1:05 am

    How much does the recipe make?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 7, 2014 / 1:35 pm

      About 300ml .

  17. Anonymous
    May 16, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Are you serious? cos am sure making this for my husband's birthday party in June and his friends are gonna come, does it make you tipsy like the real palm wine? Which is better dry or fresh yeast?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 21, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      The two types will come out fine, but I prefer the fresh yeast because it is fresh :)Before you make a big bash, practice with a little quantity, so that you won't go wrong, and yes it can make you tipsy, if you take too much.

  18. Anonymous
    May 15, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Mmmm i wonder how it tastes am south African and i want to make palm wine soon

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 16, 2014 / 1:24 pm

      It taste just like the tree tapped palm wine. Try it out and give me your feedback 🙂

  19. onyilove
    March 11, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Pls what is castor sugar

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 12, 2014 / 1:47 pm

      It's the same as the normal white sugar we use for tea and pap 🙂

  20. onyilove
    March 11, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Pls d ballon is d one use for decoration of halls and event?dat is ballon kids use for pplaying

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 12, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      yes dear, that same balloon 🙂

      • Moses
        June 11, 2021 / 9:31 am

        I did it three good times and it all tasted awesome thanks but please what is the volume of alcohol in it