How to Make Elderflower Gin
Just like the elderflower cordial, with a little fritz and fun; the musky and sweet elderflower blends perfectly with the classic taste of gin. If you're looking forward to a touch of summer classic then a deliciously served up elderflower is the perfect pick for the summer fun. Throughout this article we will teach you how to make elderflower gin.
Making an elderflower gin is the is the best way to utilize the plentiful elderflowers in June. They are best picked on a sunny day. If you are wondering what the optimum blooms to pick are, the ones that are just beginning to open will make your elderflower gin to explode with flavor. When the flowers get older, the usually turn brown and drop.
When choosing the best place to pick your elderflowers, try to find a hedgerow that isn't to close to a path or road. The cleaner the flower is, the easier you can wash them during preparations. Collect them on a warm and dry day when they have the best scent. Now, get your baskets ready and get picking!
The elderflower gin is a refreshing and simple cocktail perfect for the end of summer libation. Here's the recipe on how to make elderflower gin for the ideal cocktail celebration.
If you want to create your own elderflower gin, you will need:
- 20 heads of Elderflower
- Sugar (4 tablespoons)
- Bottle of gin, we chose to use Greenalls Gin as it tasted the best
- Kilner jar or any other kind of container
- Muslin sieve
- Coffee filter paper/ professional filter kit
- Sterilized bottle
Instructions & Recipe
1. Shake off any bugs that might be on the elderflower heads.
2. Remove any leaves present on the flower heads
3. Pop the elderflower heads in a Kilner jar or container. You can use a bottle, but the small neck of the bottle is inadequate when placing the elderflowers.
4. Put four tablespoons of sugar in the jar in addition to the bottle of gin
5. Close the jar lid and shake. Leave the jar in a cool, dry and dark place for it to settle and steep.
6. Give the mix a shake daily for it to dissolve the sugar.
7. You may leave it for one week, but the most appropriate period would be three days - you don't want the flavor to be overpowering. You can taste it to see if it's ready.
8. When it fancies your taste buds, line the jar with a clean muslin sieve. Tip your jar and strain the mixture. Ensure that you don't squeeze the pulp. You can leave it dripping for a few hours.
9. After straining, the liquid will be a little bit misty. If you leave it for a day, the solid particles in the solution will settle at the bottom, and you can pour off your clear elderflower gin. If you want something more polished, you can utilize a professional filtering kit or a coffee filter paper.
10. Pour your elderflower gin in a sterilized bottle and cork. You can refrigerate it according to your preferences, but the mixture can last you a long time without being chilled.
For serving, you can pour over some ice cubes and dilute it for better taste using your soda water or tonic. If you're feeling a tad bit adventurous, spice things up by adding a splash of lemon juice to your mixture.