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Elderberry Wine

Elderberries are native to North America and Europe. They grow in clusters on shrubs and trees. The berries contain compounds called anthocyanins, which give them their red color. Anthocyanins are antioxidants that protect against free radicals, which cause cell damage. This means that drinking elderberry juice may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It may also prevent infections such as strep throat and urinary tract infections.

Elderberry wine is made by fermenting elderberry juice into alcohol. Some producers blend the juice with other fruits like strawberries or raspberries to create unique flavors. If you’d rather drink elderberry juice straight, check out our buyers guide to learn more about making elderberry juice yourself.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About: Elderberry Wine

What is elderberry wine?

Elderberry wine is a type of fruit juice that has been fermented into a sweet alcoholic beverage. Elderberries contain high levels of anthocyanins, antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Where Can I Buy Elderberry Wine?

You can purchase elderberry wine at most grocery stores and liquor stores. Look for brands that say they are 100% pure fruit juice.

Does Elderberry Wine Taste Like Grape Juice?

No, elderberry wine tastes nothing like grape juice. Instead, it tastes similar to cranberry juice.

How Much Alcohol Is In Elderberry Wine?

Most brands of elderberry wine contain between 12%-14% alcohol. If you prefer your drinks less potent, look for wines that contain 10% or 11%.

Can I use elderberry wine instead of grape juice when baking?

While elderberry wine contains fewer calories than grape juice, it doesn't provide enough sugar to replace all of the sugar found in regular grape juice. That's why we recommend adding a little extra sugar to recipes calling for grape juice.

Can I Eat Fresh Elderberries?

Yes! They're delicious raw or cooked. Try eating them straight off the vine, or add them to salads, oatmeal, smoothies, cakes, muffins, cookies, pancakes, pies, jams, jellies, sauces, and even ice cream.

Can I Freeze Elderberry Wine?

Yes, you can store your elderberry wine in the freezer for up to 6 months. When thawing frozen elderberry wine, let it sit out overnight to allow the flavors to blend together.

Can I Cook With Elderberry Wine?

Yes, you can boil water in a saucepan and then pour the boiling water over 1/2 cup of elderberry wine. Let this mixture simmer for 5 minutes, then strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Use this cooking method whenever you want to reduce the amount of alcohol in your dish.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Soda Pop?

Yes, you can mix elderberry wine with cola, lemonade, orange juice, ginger ale, or Sprite. Be careful though, since mixing elderberry wine with carbonated beverages will increase its alcohol content.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Beer?

Yes, you can combine elderberry wine with beer. Simply add 3 tablespoons of elderberry wine to each bottle of beer. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Hard Cider?

Yes, you can combine elderberry wine with apple cider. Add 1 tablespoon of elderberry wine to each bottle of hard cider. Allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Sparkling Water?

Yes, you can combine elderberry wine with club soda, seltzer, or tonic water. Simply add 1 tablespoon of elderberry wine to each bottle of sparkling water.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Milk?

Yes, you can combine elderberry wine with whole milk, skimmed milk, heavy cream, or sour cream. Simply add 1 tablespoon of elderberry wine to each quart of milk.

Can I Drink Elderberry Wine Mixed With Orange Juice?

Yes, you can combine elderberry wine with orange juice. Simply add 1 tablespoon of elderberry wine to each pint of orange juice.

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