AceShowbiz - Actress Hilarie Burton is adding winemaker to her resume after realising a dream to turn dandelions into an evening tipple.
The former "One Tree Hill" star and her kids went out into the fields surrounding their farm in upstate New York on Sunday, May 10, 2020 and picked "buckets and buckets of dandelions" so mum could make a batch of wine.
"I separate the dandelion petals from the green stem and you let the petals soak for about three days," Hilarie explains in a recent SAG Foundation Conversations interview. "Then you add some citrus and a whole bunch of sugar and you can buy champagne yeast off the Internet."
"It's like making any wine with sugar and yeast and you let it ferment and sit for a couple of months. It tastes like summer. It doesn't taste like wine; you're not gonna drink a huge glass of it."
The mum-of-two adds, "My favourite book of all time is Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine that I read when I was 19, living in Manhattan very far away from this green. It resonated with me in a way like, 'When I'm a grown-up I'm gonna make dandelion wine.' It's the elixir of summer that you have a little glass of when you're in the throes of winter and you need a break from that. And it's the one alcohol that's good for your liver!"