Saturday, March 13, 2010
Pumpkins today, also the promised Elderberry Wine recipe
The Elderberry Wine recipe is especially for my motherinlaw, Pam!
ELDERBERRY WINE (Gentlemans Wine, or Elderberry Port)
This makes a strong, fragrant, sweet port-like wine which is lovely after dinner.
Step 1: Take 2kgs of elderberries, stalks off (to do this, run a fork down the stems to remove berries), put into a bucket and mash with a potato masher. Pour over 6 litres of boiling water. Cover with a cloth (to keep out flies and bugs) and leave to stand for 2 days, stirring each day.
Step 2: Strain through a muslin into a clean bucket. Slice 1 lemon without peeling, bruise a 2inch piece of root ginger with a hammer (I just grate it), put in a pot and add 1 litre of the elderberry liquid. Add 1 cinnamon stick, 1/4oz cloves. Boil for 20 mins. Put the whole lot in with the bucket of liquid. Stir in 1.5kg brown sugar and 8oz raisins (chopped roughly). Stir in 1t yeast. Cover with muslin and leave in a warmish room till it stops foaming and fermenting, which takes about 6 days (more or less depending on weather).
Step 3: Strain into a big clean container. Leave 6 months. Then into clean bottles.
Ready to drink in 3 years...but I started drinking mine in year 1 and it was lovely!