How to make prison wine

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a strong stomach, maybe you'd like to try some Pruno, a "prison" wine,or prison "hooch," made mostly with fruit and sugar. It's a powerful drink that prisoners have been known to make in their cell toilet. However, there is no reason to go that far: you can make prison wine in more sanitary conditions.

Make a strong bag by using two small bin bags, placed one inside the other. Place a fruit of your choice and fruit cocktail inside the bag. Seal bag.

Mash the fruit and fruit cocktail inside the bag with your hand. Fill the sink with hot water and place the bag into water. Let sit for 15 minutes. Make sure water does not cool; add more hot water, if necessary.

Take the bag from water, and wrap it in a towel to keep it warm. Leave for 48 hours while the fruit ferments. If it's warm outside, leave the bag in a safe place outdoors.

Add sugar and ketchup. Use about 50 sugar cubes. If using yeast or moldy bread, add that as well. Reseal the bag, and run under hot water for 30 minutes or until the sugar is fully absorbed.

Heat the bag in hot water for 15 minutes once a day for three days. Leave wrapped in a towel. Check often; the bag swells as gases are released. It may pop. When ready, separate the mashed fruit from the liquid, and there you have your wine.


Add wine yeast or moldy bread to assist the fermentation process.

Things You'll Need

  • Fruit or fruit juice
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Sugar
  • Wine yeast or moldy bread (optional)
  • Plastic bags
  • Ketchup
  • Water
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