Choke Cherry Wine
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Choke Cherry Wine

Ingredients

  • 8 qts ripe choke cherries
  • 12 qts water
  • sugar
  • 1/4 ounce dry yeast
  • 1/4 pound chopped raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup good brandy (optional)

Instructions

Place chrries and water in large saucepan, bring to a boil, mash and simmer 10 minutes. Strain off juice through a fine sieve or jelly bag. Measure, and place in large crock or wine keg, add 1 1/2 lb sugar per 4 cups juice, mix and cool to luke warm. Add yeast and raisins (if using), mix well, cover and ferment for 5 days or until bubbling has ceased. Stir well and add brandy if desired. Keep covered for about 3 months, then filter and bottles. After a few days, cork tightly and store in a dark, cool place for 6 months before using.

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