Elderberry Liquor and a liqueur


Infusing liquor is the easiest (laziest?) way to draw out the elderberry goodness. And it doesn’t require heating, which may help to retain more of the precious phytonutrients. Herbal tinctures are made this way, and they are some of the best low-dose, plant-based medicines in the world. The nice thing about infusing liquor with elderberries is that you get your favorite liquor plus a medicinal infusion that will add lots of good stuff (and not too much extra flavor) to something you already love.

For the infused liquor: use 1 handful elderberries to 2 1/2 cups vodka, bourbon, brandy or liquor of choice.


Elderberry Liquor and a liqueur


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1 cups elderflower blossoms
  • 2 cups Everclear grain alcohol (151 proof)
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cups simple syrup

Elderberry Liquor and a liqueur Directions

  1. For the infused liquor: Wash the berries and place in a glass jar.
  2. Pour the liquor over the top, close tightly and let steep in a cool, dark place for at least a few weeks and up to 2 months.
  3. Strain off the berries through cheesecloth or a sieve and store the elderberry-infused liquor in a cool, dark place.
  4. For the elderflower liqueur: Place the elderflower blossoms in a glass jar and pour the Everclear over them.
  5. Close tightly with a lid and put in a cool, dark place for about 3 to 4 weeks to infuse.
  6. Strain the blossoms off the liquid and combine it with the water and simple syrup.
  7. It’s a lovely liqueur to sip, or a fragrant addition to your own creative cocktail.

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