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Question 1 of 2 about winemaking at home...Elderberries
« on: 05 August, 2013, 03:59:21 PM »
Elderberries are lolling off the branches in my corner of East Sussex and one's thoughts naturally turn lightly to making Elderberry Wine and getting pleasantly pie-eyed in 3 months time.

But (Question One): Is Elderberry with its various Latin names of Sambucus canadens, Sambucus cerulea, Sambucus melanocarpa etc related to whatever it is that goes into this stuff below...?

What does go into Sambuca? Black or traditional White Sambuca? Is it made from Elberries? I thought it was maybe Aniseed or some such?

I don't think I'll try making Sambuca this year as this is only the very first time I've tried making wine* so it's a bit over-optimistic of me to think of cranking gallons of Sambuca (although my sister would love it if I did!).

So, is Sambuca made of Elderberries? If not, why are Elderberries called Sambucus in Latin?

* I have I admit, decades ago in Norway, made Rose Hip Sherry...surprisingly easy (the waiting is the hardest part) and surprisingly strong! One bottle wiped out ten rough and toothless Norskies.
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Re: Question 1 of 2 about winemaking at home...Elderberries
« Reply #1 on: 05 August, 2013, 06:18:48 PM »
Generally casting about on t'internet confirms it is indeed made from elderberries, flavoured with anise (yeuch!) and goes cloudy if you add ice.
This link has some recipes for using it http://www.drinksmixer.com/desc228.html