Elderberry and Blackberry Recipe

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 Updated 06/05/2017

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The two fruits in this wine give beautiful, rich, jewel colours to the finished drink. Make it in Autumn and drink it at Christmas sitting by a huge log fire. A brewing shop is the best place to look for all the necessary ingredients.


  • 1lb elderberries, stalks removed, and washed
  • 2lb blackberries, washed
  • 9oz raisins, chopped
  • 1 Campden tablet, crushed
  • 2lb granulated sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon pectic enzyme
  • 1 level teaspoon citric acid
  • 2 level teaspoons tartaric acid
  • 2 level teaspoons yeast nutrient
  • 1 sachet burgundy wine yeast
  • 5 pints boiling water
  • 1 pint boiling water to dissolve the sugar
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put the elderberries and blackberries into a sterilised fermentation bin.
  2. Mash the fruit well.
  3. Add the raisins.
  4. Very carefully pour the 5 pts of boiling water over the fruit.
  5. Leave to cool.
  6. Stir in the Campden tablet.
  7. Put lid on bin and allow to stand for 24 hours.
  8. Dissolve the sugar in one pint of boiling water.
  9. Add this to the fermentation bin.
  10. Add the pectic enzyme, citric acid, tartaric acid, yeast nutrient and yeast.
  11. Add this mixture to the fermentation bin.
  12. Stir well, cover and leave to ferment for 5 days, stirring daily.
  13. Strain the mixture through a straining bag.
  14. Discard the pulp.
  15. Pour the liquid into a demijohn.
  16. Fit with a bung and airlock.
  17. Leave in a warm place until there is half an inch of sediment in the bottom of the demijohn.
  18. Rack the wine off into a clean, sterilised demijohn.
  19. Make up to a gallon with cold, boiled water.
  20. Fit a clean sterilised bung and airlock and allow to complete fermentation.
  21. Bottle when bubbling ceases.

Prep Time: Several weeks

Cook Time: NA

Yield: a few bottles


Thanks for pointing that out!There should only be one 2lb of sugar. I will correct the error.
#1 - mary - 09/22/2010 - 07:18
the ingredients list mentions 2lb of sugar twice, is this correct?
#0 - Steve Brown - 09/21/2010 - 08:32
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