We are calling this simply Elder Gin because it includes both elder berries and elder flowers… they were both dried. Sorry we didn’t have fresh. We started this back in February and fresh ingredients were a bit scarce. It is amazing the varieties of flavors and ingredients you can find when you just look for them.
2 TB Dried Elder Berries
1/3 c. Dried Elder Flowers
2 c. Gin
2 TB Simple Syrup (or to taste)
Infuse the elder berries and flowers in gin for about 2-3 weeks. Strain, filter, add simple syrup. Tasty!
The first thing you should know about this liqueur is that if you don’t like licorice, you may not like this either. I don’t think it has much of a licorice flavor (I happen to love licorice), but my husband (a licorice hater) commented that he thought this tasted like licorice. My sister thought so as well. I had no idea that the elder berry is called “Sambucus (name your species here)”. Did you?
I can tell you that it is very flavorful on its own, and I think many people will love it. I tried it in champagne over the weekend, and it was fabulous!
For those of you who are St. Germain fans, if you have trouble finding the fresh flowers to make a liqueur, try using the dried and see what you think. I obtained both the dried elder berries and dried elder flowers at Homebrew Exchange. Their store is in Portland, and they also sell online.
It was amazing how quickly the little dried elder berries, which were about the size of pepper corns, infused the color into the liqueur. The color is very rich and looks beautiful.
I haven’t tried it in any other cocktails yet, but welcome your suggestions!
April 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm
I love licorice; I want to try this one.
July 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Does the finished liqueur become that deep blue-black elderberry color from only such a small amnt. of the dried berries? I’ve def. got to try making this, however.
July 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Yes! That very small amount of dried elderberries made this a deep, dark color. I hope you like it!
December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm
i am a little confused with your measurements what exactly is a TB
December 12, 2012 at 7:55 am
Sorry if the measurements are confusing. TB means Tablespoon, which is the equivalent of of a half of a fluid ounce. It would also be the equivalent of about 15 mL. I did not measure the weight of the berries. Since the recipe calls for 2 TB you could try to fill to 30 ml from a measuring cup. Hope that helps. Cheers
May 28, 2014 at 9:01 am
This looks amazing…. But, that bottle, I need that bottle…