Beverages & SMoothies

Learn more about steam juicing by visiting Granny Miller's, which discusses the pieces and the process. Juices can be used to make jellies, cordials, and wines. Creating a high quality juice is the first step in creating a high quality product!

Several recipes listed below are based on juices extracted from 5 lbs of fruit - a standard size from Blue Fruit Farm. Need fruit for your own juice? Shop below!

Blue Fruit Farm Elderberry Juice (makes about 8 pints)

Our very own recipe. Can be made with or without cinnamon, though we recommend cinnamon for a wonderful cordial!

- 16 cups (8 pints) elderberry juice

- 1¼ cup honey

- 1 cinnamon stick

Cook for 2 hours on low heat.

Elderberry Wine

A classic wine with a beautiful color and a flavor similar to port, full of flavor and antioxidants.

- 8 pints elderberry juice

- 5 lbs. sugar

- 1½ tsp. citric acid

- 1¾ gal. water

- ¾ wine yeast

Dissolve sugar into warm elderberry juice and cool to room temperature in a large crock. In a small bowl, combine yeast in ½ cup of warm water and add to the crock. Cover and place in a warm place (65 - 70°) to ferment. Fermentation takes about 10-21 days, and will be visible in bubbling on the surface of the mixture. Stir daily to aerate. When fermentation stops, siphon the mixture into wine bottles and rack for about 1 year.

Aronia Juice 
(makes about 5 pints of concentrate)

A concentrated juice that tastes wonderful when mixed with carbonated water, or used as a healthy flavoring in baked goods, sauces, and mixed drinks. Can also be made into a delightful jelly!

- 5 lbs aronia, juiced

- 4 cups honey

Cook on low for 2 hours.

Black Orchard Berry Buster Drink

 - 3 apples

- ¼ cup dark berries (black currants, blueberries, aronia berries, etc.) Juice and blend for an excellent energy booster!

Adapted from Natalie Savona's "Smoothies and Juices."

Purple 'nana Smoothie

- ⅓ cup blueberries, juneberries, aronia berries or black currants

- 1 banana

- 5 tbsp. yogurt

- 6 tbsp. apple juice Blend and enjoy!

Adapted from Natalie Savona's "Smoothies and Juices."

Aronia Mint Tea 
(makes one serving)

- 8 ounces water

- 1 tsp. dried aronia

- 1 tsp. dried mint

- honey to taste.  

Measure dried aronia and mint into a tea ball or Mellita paper tea filter bag. Heat water to boil. Insert tea ball or filter into hot water. Brew for 5 minutes. Sweeten to taste with honey.

Adapted from Roberta Barham's recipe. 

Aronia Steamer (Winner of 2015 MAA Recipe Contest Beverage Category)

- 1 cup whole milk

- 1 1/2 oz. aronia syrup.

Using a frothing wand or stovetop, steam the milk. Add syrup to the bottom of a large mug. Pour the steamed milk into the mug and stir. Optional: add whipped cream.

Adapted from Scott Boersma's recipe. 

Be sure to contact us with your favorite blue fruit dishes - we're always searching for new and exciting recipes to add to our website!