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 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. ย 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
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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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    September 28, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Wow! What a unique recipe Kathy. WE have some elderberries growing wild here, but not to the extent you seem to have them. Now I’m going to be on the hunt for them!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      They are fun to find…and fun to pick! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    September 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

    This is great, Kathy. I’ve never infused vodka before. I don’t think I’ll be able to find elderberries – can you use another berry?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      This is my first time making an infused vodka. I would imagine you could use just about any berry!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 28, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I am totally jealous of your garden situation, Kathy! You have EVERYTHING in your back yard!! I love infused vodkas, as this one sounds AMAZING! Love the color too! If I can get my hands on elderberries I will be sure to give this a try! Cheers!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      The elderberries grow wild in the mountains around us. I don’t have to go far to find them.

  • Reply
    mira
    September 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Such a cool idea! Love the garden! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks, Mira!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    September 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Hmm, one of my favorite cocktails is a Harvey Wallbanger which uses vodka and orange juice.It might be worth a try to substitute elderberry juice for the orange juice!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Ooohhhh! Sounds like a great idea!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, so fun Kathy! I love the elderflower liqueur, St. Germain, so I know I’d love elderflower vodka!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      I haven’t tried that one before! I’ll need to give it a try.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    September 29, 2016 at 4:38 am

    What a neat idea, Kathy! I bet this would be awesome with a splash of club soda! Pretty colour, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Perfect with club soda!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

    What a fun idea! I’ve always wondered what elderberries looked like in the wild. We had a tree with some sort of unknown berry when we first moved into our house, and I was thinking it might have been elderberry. It clearly wasn’t…so good thing I didn’t eat any! haha! Love the idea of infusing vodka with the berries. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      I’m glad you didn’t try any of the mystery berries! I wonder what they are….

  • Reply
    Adina
    September 30, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Elderberry trees grow wild here as well. I always use the flowers in early summer but never got to using the berries. People make a delicious jelly out of them in Germany. This flavored vodka sounds great and so easy to make.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 30, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Elderberry vodka sounds so much fun, Kathy. Love that purple color on hands. I have had elderflower liqueur before but this vodka. This is a must try.

  • 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!

  • 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 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™‚

    • 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.

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