How to make elderflower gin

How to make elderflower gin

Elderflower Gin recipe

Sales of British Gin are booming around the world so what better companion for the traditional tipple than the ever so British Elderflower. During the month of June elderflower blooms all over the country side, you won’t have to walk far to find the elegant white flower standing proud in the hedgerow.

If truth be told this was a little experiment, I have regularly made sloe gin over the years but I fancied trying something new, plus I had the small issue of being 3 months early in the sloe season. We have an elderflower bush in the garden so I didn’t have to walk far, this year I decided to swap cordial making for elderflower gin! Based on the results I am not sure I will ever return to making cordial…

When choosing where to collect your elderflowers try to find a hedge row which isn’t to close to a road, the cleaner the flowers the better as you can’t wash them. It’s best to collect the flowers on a dry warm day and the earlier in the morning the better as they have a better scent. Collect 12 to 15 of the white elderflower heads and give them a really good shake to knock off any bugs.

 Elderflower gin recipe, you will need:

  • 70cl bottle of gin (I used Greenalls)
  • 12 to 15 elderflower heads
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • Preserving jar & bottle
  • Sieve & funnel

The quick bit: Add the flowers, sugar and gin to a clean preserving jar and stir. Tuck all the flowers down under the top level of the gin, seal the jar and set aside.

And the long bit: Leave for 7 days until the gin has turned a honey colour…

The final quick bit: strain the gin through a sieve into a jug and transfer into a clean bottle.

Now the fun bit…drink it!

My favourite gin tipple is a measure of elderflower gin, cold tonic water, plenty of ice with a couple of slices of cucumber and a sprig of mint! Summer in a glass.


Gemma ChappleGems

The baker. Some may say a jumping bean…. definitely never short on energy. Gemma loves to cook and can normally be found whipping up a culinary delight in the kitchen or deep in the veg patch.


  1. Kelly Hurst 3 years ago

    How long will it keep for please? I have loads of elderflowers so am thinking of batch gin making! Thanks

  2. nick 4 years ago

    Using sugar syrup after you’ve sieved out the flowers is better than sugar at the start as you simply mix it and don’t need to dissolve it. Plus you can add to taste after you’ve strained it rather than risk making the gin too sweet.

    • Matt 4 years ago

      Great tip Nick! Thanks. We have just started the second batch but now I feel we need to try a 3rd out using sugar syrup…

  3. Chris 4 years ago

    Oh, that just sounds delicious. I walked past some Elderflower hedges on the weekend – I think I might have to take another walk soon!

    • Matt 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great reason for a walk to me. We need to find an elderflower hedgerow for our next batch of elderflower gin as we harvested most of the flowers from the plant in our garden.

  4. Sam 4 years ago

    My husband would say this is a waste of good gin, but I think it sounds delicious! Now to track down and elderflower bush somewhere…

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