Surprise For the Taste Buds
Another healthful herbal treat for you, your family and guests, this black haw wine is quite tasty especially when made with ripened berries.
3-1/2 pounds Black Haw berries
4-1/2 quarts water, divided
1 pound sugar
1 cake yeast
Crush 3-1/2 pounds of washed and stemmed black haw berries. Remove seeds and skins with strainer or food mill.
Place juicy pulp into a deep pan. Add 1 quart of cooled sterile water. Mix well with the pulp. Cover and allow to set for 1 hour.
Add 1 pound of sugar to 1-1/2 quarts of water and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Place sugar mixture into a large crock and add fruit juice and 1 cake of yeast. Cover crock and allow pulp to ferment for 7 days.
Strain mixture through a jelly bag and squeeze completely. Recover at least 1 gallon of strained fermented juice. Boil 1 pound of sugar in 1 quart of water. Cool and add to mixture. Mix thoroughly, then pour it off into a sterile gallon jug and place a balloon over the mouth of the jug. Place in a warm dark place for about 8 to 10 days.
Carefully decant the liquid into bottles and cork. Allow a few months to season and serve chilled.
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