Elderflower Wine Recipe – How to Make Elderflower Wine

Like elderflower champagne, this simple and easy elderflower wine recipe produces a light fruity wine but this is a still wine and somewhat stronger. A pleasant drink on a hot summer’s afternoon.

Elderflower Wine RecipePick the flowers in the morning when the scent is at its best.

Avoid picking from busy road sides where they may be polluted with diesel soot particles from traffic.

Ingredients for Elderflower Wine Recipe

  • 1 pint elderflower flowerlets, pressed down
  • 2 lemons
  • 3lb white granulated sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • Wine yeast (a champagne type is ideal)
  • Yeast nutrient

Method for Elderflower Wine Recipe

  1. Take the flower heads home, give them a good shake to dislodge any insects and then pick the flowerlets off the stems into a measuring jug or pint pot until full, even when pressed.
  2. Zest the lemons and put the zest into the fermenting bin or wine bucket along with the flowers.
  3. Boil the water and pour over the flowers, cover and leave for 3 days, stirring daily.
  4. Strain onto the sugar in a large pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool to around 20°C then juice the lemons and add the juice to the pan, stir and then add the yeast and yeast nutrient
  6. Strain into a demijohn, topping up with cooled boiled water as required. Fit the airlock and leave in a warm place until fermentation has finished
  7. Rack, as necessary, and add 1 Campden tablet after the first racking to stop secondary fermentation.
  8. Syphon into bottles

You should be drinking this elderflower wine when the flowers bloom  next. If you’ve a plentiful supply of flowers you may well find yourself making more the next year along with some elderflower champagne!

Don’t over strip the tree, leave plenty of flowers to develop into berries both for your elderberry wines and for the birds who deserve a look in.

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12 comments on “Elderflower Wine Recipe – How to Make Elderflower Wine
  1. Alison Norton says:

    Hi John,

    I was wondering if you could possibly clarify section 2 of your elderflower wine recipe. Do you put the lemon zest in the fermenting bin? Or is it the lemons, minus their zest? Or is it both the zest and the de-zested lemons? Many thanks.

  2. Paul Hoskins says:

    made elderflower wine from flowers,still bubbling away in demi John’s,racked once,cloudy,and tastes slightly bitter,not sweetish,still working.
    How can I sweeten it a little, is there maybe tablets you can put into the demi John’s.

    • John Harrison says:

      Paul – you could add more sugar but I’d suggest just leaving it for a month or two and seeing how the flavour develops.

  3. Lucas says:

    Hello, how long do you leave this recipe before you rack? And how much longer do you leave it once racked? Is it doing anything else after the tablets added?

  4. maria says:

    I have made elderflower wine for the first time and added sultanas to the recipe, could this be the reason for it looking sooo dark at fermenting stage?

  5. sara says:

    I added sultanas because I watched a Youtube recipe and that was the recipe.
    I strained the mixture into the demi john a couple of weeks ago but neither has been bubbling. Do I need to add more yeast do you think?

    • John Harrison says:

      Adding more yeast may sort it but I’m wondering what the reason it’s not fermenting is. Perhaps you could ask your video poster?

  6. Anthony Padmore says:

    how much yeast and nutrient do you use

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