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Elderberry Vodka

September 28, 2016 (Last Updated: February 24, 2019)

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Elderberry Infused Vodka

Elderberry Vodka mixed with lemon lime soda and served over ice.

Elderberries grow wild here. They produce a cluster of small purplish fruit that ripen starting mid-August through the beginning of October. Two trees in the same location can ripen a good month apart.

Elderberries growing on a tree.I started this recipe about 8 weeks ago. It was during the middle of the summer so I had time to forage for fresh berries, remove them from their stems and then soak them in a quart of vodka.

Okay….once I had them picked and removed from the stems, there really wasn’t much more to do than wait….and wait….and wait!

Fresh Elderberries for Elderberry Vodka

Elderberries are a teeny little fruit with a fairly large seed. I’ve never really found a use for them before, but thought I’d figure out what to do with them. I made a cordial, which is a non-alcoholic concentrated mixture that is reported to ward off sickness. I’ll let you know if it works ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I made this infused vodka! I’m sure it will ward off any germs just daring to come close! Oh wait, maybe that’s the vodka! Well, even if it doesn’t prevent sickness, it still tastes good!

Elderberry Vodka - Day 1

After several weeks, I drained the elderberries and left behind was a purplish vodka with a slightly fruity flavor.  The remaining berries were devoid of the purplish color.

Elderberries strained after being soaked in vodka.

Another recipe I make using vodka is Moscow Mules.

Elderberry Vodka

Elderberry Vodka. Vodka flavored with wild Elderberry.

Elderberry Vodka

Vodka infused with Elderberries
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1 quart


  • 2 cups fresh elderberries
  • 1 quart vodka


  • Place elderberries in a glass jar.
  • Pour vodka over top and cover with a lid.
  • Let vodka mixture sit for 6-8 weeks until color has developed.
  • Strain off berries.
  • Use elderberry vodka in place of regular vodka in any drink.
Keyword elderberry, elderberry vodka, infused vodka, vodka
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


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  • Reply
    May 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

    4 stars
    My elderberry vodka concoction tastes like a fermented berries infused vodka. Any tips on how to make it more palatable. It tastes very fermented!!! I did add a bit of sugar and honey to see if that helps. So we shall see? Maybe i should dilute with sprite???

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      May 2, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Veronica,
      I don’t know why it would ferment. I’ve never had that issue. When I drink mine, I do pour over ice and add sprite. That’s how I like it.

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    Diny Jansen
    March 23, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Does it have to be 100% vodka?

    • Reply
      March 24, 2020 at 6:04 am

      No. You could use another alcohol instead of the vodka or even create a mix.

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    Fred G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea for vodka

  • Reply
    January 31, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Just curious if anyone ever uses the berries (after straining the vodka off) for something?

    • Reply
      January 31, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Great question! I have not used the berries, but I am curious…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 30, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Oh boy I am going to have to try and find some. Are there still berries on the trees? Friend of mine at one time were going to get some and make wine ๐Ÿ™‚ but never did it so would love to get some and try the vodka. Use to be a big tree down from the folks wonder if its still there? One way too to find out if it is elderberry is if the grouse are in it. They do love those berries. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      September 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      There are still some berries on…you just need to start looking! I think you’ve still got a few weeks before they are all gone.

  • Reply
    September 30, 2016 at 3:57 am

    I’ve never infused my own vodka before – this is pretty darn cool! And with the elderberries! I like it!

    • Reply
      October 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      It was a first for me too! Will definitely do it again!

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