This is an easy hawthorn berry wine recipe, the most difficult thing is picking the hawthorn berries. Be prepared with anti-septic cream for your scratches!
Hawthorn is found growing wild and as a hedging plant. If foraging for the berries do be careful about venturing onto private land as the owner may well want the berries for himself.
Never strip a tree bare or take more than you can use just because it is there. A lot of wild birds depend on hawthorn berries to get them through the winter.
Ingredients for Hawthorn Berry Wine Recipe
- 2 to 3lbs Ripe Hawthorn Berries
- 2 Oranges
- 1 Lemon
- 3lb Sugar, preferably Demerara but white granulated will do
- 1 Gallon Water
- Wine Yeast (A general wine yeast)
- Yeast Nutrient
Method for Hawthorn Berry Wine Recipe
- Strip the berries from the stalks, a fork makes this an easier task. Wash well. If you immerse the berries in cold water for a few minutes, any hidden insects will float off.
- Place into a fermenting bin or wine bucket and crush a little. A traditional potato masher is ideal for this.
- Boil the water and pour over the crushed berries. Put the lid on the bin and leave for 7 days, stirring daily.
- Zest and juice the oranges and lemon, place into a large pan with the sugar and strain the liquor from the bin into the pan. Put the pulp into a muslin bag or similar and squeeze out any remaining juice to extract all the flavour.
- Heat the pan whilst stirring until all the sugar has dissolved and then allow to cool back down to 20°C . Pour back into the fermenting bin which should have been washed to remove any sediment.
- Add the yeast and yeast nutrient, allow to ferment for 3 or 4 days.
- 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
- Rack, as necessary, and add 1 Campden tablet after the first racking to stop secondary fermentation.
- Syphon into bottles
This hawthorn berry wine recipe makes about a gallon of wine. Allow 6 months minimum for the wine to mature when bottled.