This has to be in the top 5 foragers homebrew recipes. Simple to make and a delight to drink! Below is our first batch from our new home (we have an elder at the bottom of the garden). Not a bad tipple but better in taste than on the nose!
- 1.5kg Elderberries.
- 1.5kg Sugar
- 1tsp Citric Acid.
- 4.5l Water
- Yeast and Nutrient
- Strip the berries from the stalks using a fork.
- Crush them in a bowl and pour on the boiling water and add the sugar.
- Let it cool to 21? then add the yeast, nutrient and citric acid.
- Loosely cover for 3 days and then decant into dark bottles (stops the wine losing its colour) and leave with either an air lock or cotton wool until the vigorous ferment has completed.
- Once the ferment has completed siphon off into the final dark bottles to lay down for a minimum of 6 months.
- Enjoy on its own or as an addition to a summer martini!
N.B. If you don't have any dark bottles for the initial ferment then we put the wine into demi-johns and then wrapped them in newspaper to keep the light out.