Elderberries can be used in mead production to add a unique and delicious flavor to the final product. Mead is a type of alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water, and it can be flavored with a variety of fruits, herbs, and spices.
Elderberries can be added to the mead during the fermentation process, either alone or in combination with other ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon, or orange peel. The sweet and tangy flavor of the elderberries pairs well with the honey and creates a complex and fruity mead that is both refreshing and delicious.
When using elderberries in mead production, it is important to use them in moderation, as they can be quite strong and overpowering if used in excess. It is also recommended to add the elderberries to the mead during the secondary fermentation phase, as this allows the flavors to develop more fully and ensures that the mead retains its desired sweetness and balance.
Elderberries can also be used in gin production, either during vapor infusion or direct infusion (to extract their red colour as well as their flavour).