Elderflower Wine Recipe

Summer is here and the elderflowers are out! Why not try making this simple and delicious elderflower wine recipe tried and tested by our homebrew expert Andrew.

Ingredients:

 

Method:

  • Pick the elderflowers on a sunny day, when all the separate flowers are fully open. Avoid collecting them from roadsides or below waist height.

TIP: Trim the flowers from the heads with scissors, avoiding any green stems, as these can cause a bitter taste.

TIP: Use steriliser to clean any equipment you use to avoid bacteria ruining your wine.

  • Add the raisins OR concentrate, sugar and lemon juice.
  • When cooled to approximately 20ºC, add the tannin, nutrient and yeast.
  • Cover and leave in a warm place to ferment up to seven days.
  • Strain into a clear demi-john, fit an air lock with a bored bung and leave to ferment.
  • When it begins to clear, rack (siphon) into a clear demi-john, leaving any sediment behind.
  • Rack again after two months, and bottle when crystal clear.