How to make spiced elderberry liqueur
- 1l Alcohol, whisky, bourbon, brandy, gin or vodka
- 1l Elderberries, fresh or defrosted
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Ginger root, Fresh, about the length of your thumb
- 6 Cardamon pods
- 12 Cloves
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 100g Sugar
- STEP 1
Roughly chop the peel and ginger, and crush the cardamom pods gently with a pestle or rolling pin.
- STEP 2
Pour the ingredients (minus the alcohol) into a sterilised large jar in alternating layers. A wide mouthed preserving funnel is great for making sure that all of the ingredients end up in the jar and not all over the table and floor. It is amazing how far squashed elderberry can travel when attached to socks!
- STEP 3
Pour in the whisky (or other alcohol), stir and admire, then replace the lid. Put your beautiful brew away from direct sunlight but somewhere you'll see it fairly regularly so you can shake it every now and then. I store my brews on the dresser in the living room.
- STEP 4
Leave for 3-4 months, strain through a sieve or muslin lined colander and store in labelled and sterilised glass bottles. It will last for a very long time, but is usually gone by the following elderberry season.