[Sca-cooks] Elderberries

Kean Gryffyth kad.dsl at verizon.net
Sun Aug 17 07:50:47 PDT 2008

Here's a recipe for Elderberry Liquor. This produces a strikingly deep 
purple liquor with a pleasant taste.

Note: This recipe assumes you have some knowledge of the process of 
producing liquors. If anyone needs assistance on that front, I can 
define the terms and techniques upon request.

 From "Cordials from your kitchen"

4 cups fresh elderberries, picked over and washed
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup water
3 cups 100 proof vodka

Crush Elderberries and Sugar together in a bowl. Let stand for about 1 
Add Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice.
Transfer to clean 2 quart container and add Water and Vodka.
Cover and let stand in a cool, dark place for 1 month, shaking 

Use a fine mesh stainer to stain out solids, discard solids.
Transfer liquor to a clean container and left stand for 1 week.
Rack or filter into final container.
Cover and age 1 month more before serving.
Yield: aprox. 1.5 quarts,


Lynn wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I have a plethora of wild elderberries in various stages of ripening. 
> Some will be ripe in a day or two and some are still very small and 
> green and will ripen within a week or so (just guessing), while other 
> clusters have just finished bloom stage.
> Has anyone had experience with doing things with wild elderberries? 
> All suggestions and recipes would be appreciated.
> I'm also interested in hearing your experiences in the picking and 
> stem removal of the berries.
> Thanks,
> Lynn the Inquisitive
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