Elderberry Wine Recipe

Making wine is easy with this simple and delicious Elderberry Wine recipe.

| November 2012

This Elderberry Wine recipe is both easily made and inexpensive.

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Try this tasty Elderberry Wine recipe in lieu of its store-bought counterpart. This recipe is excerpted from The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012), a simple guide to understanding the basics of fruit gardening. For additional information on elderberries and more elderberry recipes, go to 4 Delicious Elderberry Recipes.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden.

Elderberry Wine Recipe

The following proportions make a medium‑dry red wine; increase or decrease the amount of sugar for a sweeter or drier wine. Use clean dead‑ripe elderberries.

• 3 1/2 pounds elderberries 
• 1 tablespoon wine or baking yeast
• 1 lemon
• 7 pints water
• Sugar

1. In a large preserving pot, combine elderberries, lemon, and water. Simmer, covered, until fruit is soft, mashing to expel juice. Strain mixture through a jelly bag and let drip overnight. Squeeze bag to extract trapped liquid. Simmer pulp, covered, and strain again.

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