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elderberry liqueur
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Elderberry Liqueur

This method works with any berries. Blueberries or huckleberries are good alternatives, as are currants. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: elderberry, liqueur
Servings: 25 small drinks
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Hank Shaw


  • 1 pint fresh elderberries
  • 1 quart vodka
  • 3 one-inch pieces of lemon rind, white pith removed
  • sugar to taste


  • Put elderberries into a quart Mason jar and pour over the vodka. Add the lemon rind (make sure the rind has no white pith, as it is bitter.) Seal and put in a dark cupboard for at least a month, or up to 6 months.
  • The alcohol will extract flavor from the elderberries over time, so the longer you let it sit, the inkier it will get.
  • When it is the color you want -- anything from a Pinot Noir color to downright black -- pour the vodka through a strainer lined with cheesecloth into another jar and add sugar.
  • How much sugar? At least 1/4 cup, but to your taste; I go with 1/3 cup. Shake to combine and put back in the cupboard.
  • After a few days or weeks, the sugar will completely dissolve and the elderberry liqueur is ready to drink. It keeps forever.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg