Sweet, Drinks

Elderflower Vodka

This recipe couldn't be any simpler – you just need access to some good, fresh elderflowers. If you don't have any in your garden, you might find some growing in woodland or along hedgerows in May and June.

Try to pick them from a spot that's away from roads, if possible, and to harvest them on a sunny day just before noon, when the flowers are open and at their most fragrant.

You can use this vodka in all sorts of cocktails, or serve it neat, ice cold, as a post dinner-party treat. It's also delicious poured over lemon sorbet.

1.5 ltr


Around 20-30 heads of fresh elderflower

1 lemon, zested

125g caster sugar

1.5 litres vodka


  1. Give the elderflower heads a good shake to remove any bugs, and place in a wide-necked jug with a lid, or a bottle with a screw top.
  2. Top with the lemon zest, sugar and vodka. Screw the lid on tight and give it a swirl around to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Leave for 2-4 weeks in a cool, dark place to infuse.
  4. When it's ready, strain the vodka through a fine sieve of muslin. Decant into bottles and leave for a further 2-4 months to mature.
  5. Once it's matured, taste the vodka, and add a dash of sugar syrup if you prefer it sweeter.

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