Elderberry Infused Vodka
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.
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!
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!
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.
Another recipe I make using vodka is Moscow Mules.
- 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.
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