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  • n. An improvised alcoholic drink made by fermenting whatever ingredients are available.

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  • n. a liquor concocted from a mixture of ingredients (such as prunes and raisins and milk and sugar) that can be fermented to produce alcohol; made by prison inmates


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  • There's a homemade wine called pruno, which is very exciting.

    CNN Transcript Jun 21, 2003

  • There's no "pruno," the homemade prison wine she often finds.

    The Seattle Times

  • Kim Bassinger is so hard core she makes pruno in her snatch.


  • The infractions mentioned were not that bad: mutilating a curtain; possessing “pruno” an alcoholic beverage that cons distill from yeast and any fruit or vegetable matter they can get their hands on: potatoes, apples, oranges; and refusing to allow a guard to search him for a club he had hidden under his jacket.

    Without Pity

  • Guards, especially "good" guards with records of mildness and fair dealing, were given a miserably hard time; and several guards, good and bad, were engaged in bare-knuckle combat by convicts made brave with home-brewed pruno.

    Why Prisoners Riot

  • Really, how much pruno have you drank while in prison amigo?


  • I've seen finer batches of pruno turned out in the state prison system that what you can find in Lodi's wineries.


  • One afternoon everybody (except the sheriffs) were put on alert, because the "south-side" car was planning on making some pruno, and inside the walls of the camp that meant drunken gang members, which led to riots, usually.

    Strange Reaction

  • Inmates desperate to get high still rely on an old standard - pruno - a potent prison wine concocted from hoarded fruit and ketchup using the water in cell toilet bowls.

    San Jose Mercury News podcasts (all)

  • Prison inmates are an innovative bunch (case in point: pruno), so it should be of no big surprise that they've found ways to smuggle contrabands into prison.



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  • Pruno, or prison wine, is an alcoholic beverage variously made from apples, oranges, fruit cocktail, candy, ketchup, sugar, milk, and possibly other ingredients, including crumbled bread. Bread supposedly provides the yeast for the pruno to ferment. Pruno originated in (and remains largely confined to) prisons and jails, where it can be produced with the limited selection of equipment and ingredients available to inmates. The concoction can be made using only a plastic bag, hot running water, and a towel or sock to conceal the pulp during fermentation. The end result has been colorfully described as a "bile flavored wine-cooler", although flavor is often not the primary objective. --Wikipedia

    February 19, 2016