Elder Flower ElixirCourse: BeverageCuisine: HerbalDifficulty: Easy
Very easy Elder flower syrup or elixir, your choice
2 Cups Freshly harvested Elder flowers
or 1 Cup dried Elder flowers
2 Cups water
1 Cup cane sugar
2 Cups vodka, optional
Citric acid, optional
- Harvest a basket of fresh Elder flower clusters. To make a pint of syrup, or a quart of elixir, you will need 2 cups of flowers after they have been removed from the stems.
- Carefully, gently pull the flowers from the delicate stems. I hold the cluster over a large mixing bowl while I remove the flowers, so that I don’t lose any of the tiny flowers. You don’t want any of the stems in your elixir. This is a great job to do while sitting on the porch !
- Next, loosely fill your jar with the flowers. If you are making syrup, you will need a pint jar. If you are making elixir, you will need a quart jar.
- If you are making elixir, pour 2 cups of vodka over the Elder flowers. If you are making syrup, skip this step!
- In a non-reactive saucepan , combine 2 Cups of water and 1 Cup of cane sugar to make a simple syrup. Over medium heat, cook, stirring often until sugar is fully dissolved and liquid is no longer cloudy looking. It should have a clarity. Do not boil.
- Pour simple syrup into your jar. If you are making a syrup, you can add a teaspoon of citric acid as a preservative. This is optional. If you are making the elixir the alcohol acts as a preservative, so there is no reason to add citric acid.
- Stir gently with a long handled spoon. Cover securely. Each day gently shake or rock to redistribute the flowers in the jar. After 2 weeks, strain through cheesecloth & bottle! Refrigerate syrup.
- You can use a tablespoon of either the syrup or the elixir to flavor a glass of mineral water. Or make a fancy cocktail!
- This is a perfect drink for a hot summer day when you are feeling overheated. Elder flowers have the ability to move excess heat from our core out of the body to be released through the skin.