Elderflower Series – Elderflower Liquers

Elderflower Liquers

So I am on the last leg now, excuse the pun of my elderflower series and we are on to liqours, hence the pun!! hehe…so this was very exciting making this as I have not done this kind of things before. Β I still couldn’t get out of my head the explosion from the cordial and kept going back in to the dark cupboard to open them and check they weren’t fizzing or anything and no, not an excuse to have a tipple.

So you have to make, then put away for weeks, shake and shake, then de-cant and drink at some point, I am still letting them mature but have had a few snifters as they call them and all I can say is pungent in a good way, floral and wow! Β I thought I would try a gin and a vodka liquer, why not? πŸ˜€

Visual Evidence


Orange & Elderflower Vodka

Snip the flowers from a bag of elderflower heads getting rid of as many of the stalks as you can.
Pack them into a jar that you have sterilised with boiling water or 15 minutes in a moderate oven.
Add a few curls of orange zest on top to stop the flowers being on top.
Fill to the very top with strong vodka.
Screw the lid on tightly and put it somewhere dark.
Give it a shake once or twice a day.
If possible make sure no blooms are sticking out of the liquid or they will brown.
After 4-5 days sieve out the flowers and orange.
Filter out tiny creatures or petals by pouring it through a coffee filter or 2 layers of muslin.
Put it back into the jar and add at leastΒ Β½ a cup of sugar per litre.
Shake and leave to dissolve for a few hours, shaking when you are passing.
Bottle.

The astute among you will note that the recipe below is the same but with Orange replaced with Lemon and Vodka replaced with Gin.

Lemon & Elderflower Gin

Snip the flowers from a bag of elderflower heads getting rid of as many of the stalks as you can.
Pack them into a jar that you have sterilised with boiling water or 15 minutes in a moderate oven.
Add a few curls of lemon zest on top to stop the flowers being on top.
Fill to the very top with good gin.
Screw the lid on tightly and put it somewhere dark.
Give it a shake once or twice a day.
If possible make sure no blooms are sticking out of the liquid or they will brown.
After 4-5 days sieve out the flowers and lemon.
Filter out tiny creatures or petals by pouring it through a coffee filter or 2 layers of muslin.
Put it back into the jar and add at leastΒ Β½ a cup of sugar per litre.
Shake and leave to dissolve for a few hours, shaking when you are passing.
Bottle.

Drink with soda or lemonade.

  16 comments for “Elderflower Series – Elderflower Liquers

  1. August 7, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Oh this looks fabulous. I would like lime instead of lemon in my gin cocktail please mixologist πŸ˜‰

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  2. August 7, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    I love elderflower liquers and now I can make my own cocktail at home, so excited! Gorgeous photos πŸ™‚

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    • August 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      yay I hope you try it, please let me know if you do x

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  3. August 7, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Wow, you’re so talented! Now in the alcohol business too. You need to bring it to the tea party as well.
    Well done my dear!
    Back from France?
    Xxx

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    • August 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      Thank you and not quite yet at the airport but emergency vet appt for our eldest cat as soon as we return x

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      • August 8, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        Oh no! That’s not good. Good luck and try to keep the Provence spirit! Xxx safe travels

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  4. August 8, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Wow–very, very impressive…I bet drinks made with these taste fabulous! If I can get my hands on some elderflowers, I will definitely try this.

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    • August 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      it’s pretty strong hehe, depends on your constitution I am a bit of a weakling lol. Tastes great though x

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  5. August 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Elderflowers look tender and beautiful! I’d love to try some! Can you send me some? πŸ˜€

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    • August 12, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      hah, I think they would go rather brown by the time they got to you and the flowers smell like cat urine after a while if left out and cut I don’t think you want that hehe……or did you mean the liquer πŸ˜› hehe x

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      • August 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Ahahaha really? I didn’t know about an awful smellπŸ˜„ so, the liquor sounds great! I wish we could send some things virtually..
        Have a great day!

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        • August 16, 2015 at 11:36 AM

          hah yes virtually or teleporting would be great x

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  6. August 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    OH wow this all looks so wonderful! I’m sure it taste yummy and very calming! πŸ˜€ (β—‘β€Ώβ—‘βœΏ)

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    • August 12, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      oh it’s calming eventually if you have enough hehe x

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