> Recipes > Elderberry

Elderberry gin


Share recipe

hide story show story

This is my basic recipe for elderberry gin, but I love adding different ingredients to change the final flavour. Orange rind and a cinnamon stick gives the gin a festive twist, while lime zest with coriander seeds and lemongrass works surprisingly well too.


save recipe
recipe saved
save recipe
recipe saved


save recipe
recipe saved
Carefully remove the berries from their stalks. Combing through them with a fork is a quick and effective method, but be careful not to squash the berries if they are particularly ripe. Discard any green or unripe berries
Place the berries in a bowl of cold water, remove any bits of leaf and stalk that rise to the surface of the water, then drain the clean berries and place them in a 1 litre jar
Pour the gin over the berries and add a couple of pieces of lemon peel. Close the jar and leave to steep for at least 1 month away from direct sunlight, turning the jar every now and then
After the berries have been steeping for 1 month or more, strain the gin through a sieve into a bowl. Keep the berries – they are delicious stirred through gravy for your roast dinner or sprinkled over ice cream. To sweeten the gin, place the sugar into a pan with 100ml water and set over a low heat, stirring until it has dissolved into a syrup. Allow to cool completely
Once the syrup has cooled, stir it into the gin bit by bit, tasting along the way until you are happy with the sweetness
Pour into a presentation bottle using a jug or funnel. It is now ready to drink, but ages well over time. Serve straight or add tonic for something more refreshing
Share recipe

Get in touch

Elderberry gin


Please enter text

The message must have at least characters

The message must be less than characters

Unfortunately, a problem occured and we are not able to send your comment. Please try again later.

Technical details: