This is a recipe that you will not find in my book, Winemaking Made Easy: How to Make Easy Homemade Wine from Grapes, Fruit, & More. And that’s sad, because it’s become my new favorite.
I covet it. I share it only with those I like best, or those who I owe a sizable favor to. Selfish of me? Only for the time being—I didn’t know I would love this wine quite so much. No worries—I’m working on a new (bigger) batch, so that I can be a good human again.
If Elderflower Mead is So Great, then Why…?
This naturally begs the question, if this Elderflower Mead Wine Recipe is really that great, then why would I leave it out of my book?
After I finally completed the book and started playing with some new varieties of wine, with my now-adult son taking an interest (and he a beekeeper with a piqued interest in meads in particular), we decided to try an elderflower mead. It wasn’t something I’d done or had finished in time to include in the wine book, but it has since been completed and consumed, completely; with a second (larger) batch quickly fermenting on the heels of the first, very missed, elderflower mead.
How to Make Easy Elderflower Mead (Elderflower Honey Wine)
If you want to make this so, so simple homemade elderflower honey wine (and I really HIGHLY recommend that you do), you’ll first need my original Mead Recipe found in Wine Making Made Easy, which you can purchase securely at Amazon. It’s available for Kindle or in Paperback by clicking on the title.
From there, go to the recipe for Basic Mead. You will find it in one-, three-, and five-gallon recipes. Choose the quantity you want to make, and for each gallon add two cups of dried elderflower.
1. Get the Basic Mead Recipe (Honey Wine recipe) In Wine Making Made Easy.
2. To that recipe, add 2 cups dried elderflower for every gallon of elderflower mead you are making (or 4 cups fresh elderflower when available).
3. Complete the rest of the recipe as instructed, but be sure to strain out the solid elderflowers after about 7 days.
Where to Buy Dried Elderflower
You can buy dried elderflower easily in bulk on Amazon—click this link for the source I use, an economical, high quality dried elderflower that I use both for elderflower wine and for elderberry and elderflower tea recipes. When in season, you can also use fresh elderflowers (actually I recommend it, but it’s a bit of a limited season, can be difficult to find the flowers in great enough quantity, and it’s so hard to wait—I make some elderflower wine and elderflower mead from fresh flowers while in season and some from dried elderflower during winter and the rest of the year and in fact if my fresh supply is running a little short, I add a bit more dried elderflower to make up the difference).
What Does Elderflower Mead Taste Like?
If you’ve ever had one of the popular elderflower liqueurs (like St. Germain or St. Elder), or if you’ve been lucky enough to have made your own infused elderflower liqueur from some great elderflower liqueur recipe you’ve found, you’ll recognize Elderflower Mead as being quite a lot like that. It’s pleasantly sweet, but not too sweet, with a delightful nose of elderflowers, often described as having a “Muscat” taste similar to Moscato wine. I swear it’s worth making the wine just to breathe in its delicious scent!
Though I’ve thus far only enjoyed this as a wine, I’ve imagined many times that it would also make a delicious wine spritzer with a little plain seltzer water—something to look forward to this summer with a little ice and warm sunshine! In fact, I think it’s time to start another batch of my favorite Elderflower Mead now, so I’ll still have some left for summer spritzing!
If you make this elderflower mead, I’ll be eager to hear about your adventure—please come back to share how your wine turned out!
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