Jim's Elderberry Cordial


Use only elderberries, or mix in other berries such as blackberries or blueberries. On cold winter evenings, this is a perfect after-dinner cordial. In the summer, add a bit to lemonade or drizzle over ice cream.


Jim's Elderberry Cordial


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 4 cups fresh elderberries, most of the stems removed
  • 1 Zest of one lemon
  • 1 1-in. piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups vodka
  • 1 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (optional; it produces a smoother cordial)

Jim's Elderberry Cordial Directions

  1. In a half-gallon glass container with a lid, combine the berries, lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice and sugar.
  2. Pour in the vodka, cover the container with plastic wrap and screw on the lid. Set aside in a cool, dark place for 2 months—gently shaking the jar once a week.
  3. Strain and discard the berries and spices. Add the vegetable glycerin (if using), stir and decant into a decorative storage bottle. The cordial is best when aged an additional 3 to 4 months before drinking.

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