Total Time
48hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 48 hrs

Easy to make, good to use in sauces, vinaigrettes, or in dressings calling for raspberry vinegar.


  1. Rinse elderberries and pick out dirt, stems or dried out berries.
  2. Place berries in large bowl and mash them.
  3. Pour vinegar over and allow to stand 24 - 36 hours, covered with a clean tea towel or cheesecloth.
  4. Strain through cheesecloth. Allow to drain slowly for up to 24 hours (if you press on the fruit while it is draining the vinegar will be cloudy).
  5. Pour juice into a non-reactive stockpot or preserving pan (a stainless steel saucepan will do). Stir in the sugar, bring to a boil, adjust heat, simmer for about 15 minutes. Watch carefully as juice reaches the boiling point - it can boil over very quickly!
  6. Let cool slightly, pour into clean bottles with corks, label and store in a dark, cool place.
Most Helpful

Really? I never reviewed this? LOVE IT. Takes some time to make and your house will smell like vinegar for a bit, but the final product is wonderful. I used elderberries off of our property. Will make again!

dicentra December 27, 2009