Beverages & Smoothies

About Juices

At Blue Fruit Farm, we do all of our juicing with a steam juicer. These juicers use steam to soften fruit and extract juices, which are then siphoned off, as demonstrated by Jim in the photo. The result is clear, pure juices that are significantly less messy than other juicing systems. Our juicer was sourced from Lehman's. To learn more about steam juicing, you can visit 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 a 5 lb box - a standard box size from Blue Fruit Farm.



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 calms down, siphon the mixture into wine bottles and rack for at least 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, 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!