Beverage/ Recipe

Elderberry Vodka

Elderberry Vodka. Vodka flavored with wild Elderberry.

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 🙂

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

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Elderberry Vodka. Vodka flavored with wild Elderberry.
Elderberry Vodka
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Vodka infused with Elderberries

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: elderberry, elderberry vodka, infused vodka, vodka
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh elderberries
  • 1 quart vodka
Instructions
  1. Place elderberries in a glass jar.
  2. Pour vodka over top and cover with a lid.
  3. Let vodka mixture sit for 6-8 weeks until color has developed.
  4. Strain off berries.
  5. Use elderberry vodka in place of regular vodka in any drink.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm


    Great idea for vodka

  • Reply
    Lauren
    January 31, 2019 at 6:04 am

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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 31, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Great question! I have not used the berries, but I am curious…. 🙂

  • Reply
    Phyllis
    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 🙂 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. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      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
    Ashley
    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
      Kathy
      October 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

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

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