Elderflower Gin

Gin, flavoured with zesty orange, lemon and fresh citrusy elderflowers.

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I picked so many elderflowers when I made my elderflower cordial that I couldn’t resist having a go at making some elderflower gin.

I made some elderberry and sloe gin last autumn which was absolutely delicious, so I thought I’d try doing the same thing with elderflowers.

The recipe for this is really very simple, it just requires about 1 month to infuse.  Now is the perfect time to get one started as the elderflowers are in full boom!

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Ingredients: Makes about 800ml

  • 750ml bottle of gin
  • 50 heads of elderflower
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 limes

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To Make:

Remove any insects from the elderflowers and use some scissors to snip off the flowers into a large bowl. Wash the flowers and transfer them to a large kilner jar.

Use a potato peeler the peel the zest off the oranges and limes and add this to the kilner jar, then squeeze in the juice.

Pour in the sugar, and finally the gin. Press the elderflowers down with a spoon to make sure they are all fully submerged in the gin. Shake the jar until the sugar dissolves, then leave in a cool dark place.

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Leave to infuse for about 3-4 weeks, shaking regularly.

I took mine out this week because the top layer of elderflowers were starting to turn brown:

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Strain the gin through a muslin bag, and taste it. I wanted mine to be quite a bit sweeter, so I have added another 200g of sugar.

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Once the sugar has dissolved, pour into a sterilised glass bottle and store in a cool dark place.

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Enjoy on the rocks, or mixed with tonic water for a pimped up G&T.

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