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.