Elderflower liqueur in a glass bottle

Easy elderflower liqueur

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Prep: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 750ml

Go foraging for a homemade elderflower liqueur – choose creamy looking blossoms well away from pollution. Best drunk fresh, make this your summer tipple of choice 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per 25ml

  • kcal72
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 8-10 heads of elderflowers
  • 100g golden or white caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest removed with a peeler, ½ juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 750ml vodka (reserving the bottle)
    Vodka

    Vodka

    vod-ka

    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

Method

  1. Snip off the long green stalks of the elderflower, leaving enough to hold the flower heads together. Gently rinse the flower heads in water and check for bugs.

  2. Push the flowers into the emptied vodka bottle or a jar, tip in the sugar and leave for 1 hr.

  3. Add the lemon zest and juice and vodka to the bottle until it is completely full with no air space, keep any excess vodka to add back later. Seal and leave for 48 hrs. You can leave it for longer, but the flavour will change – it won’t necessarily taste more elderflowery. 

  4. Pour the vodka into a large bowl through a fine sieve (use muslin or a coffee filter, if you like). Add any remaining vodka, then pour into clean, sterilised bottles. Will keep for one month.

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