This is a very fun and easy way to infuse gin with a fresh summer flavour.
You do not use an expensive gin. Just a moderately priced one will do the job.
All you will need is;
1 bottle of gin
Elderflower flower heads
A large jar or jug
Glass weights or small clean river rock
I often make this for gifts over the festive season.
If you are making this in the northern hemisphere I would enjoy with friends on a summer evening.
What do I do if the flowers turn brown?
This will happen if they are exposed to the air. Make sure they are weighted down by the glass weights (or a smooth river rock).
If the flowers begin to brown before the three days of infusing has finished, simply strain early to avoid a bitter taste.
Fresh raspberries or dehydrated lemons
Elderflower Infused Gin
- Large jar or jug
- muslin cloth
- glass weights (or alternatively small smooth clean river rocks)
- 1 bottle gin
- 10 elderflower heads
- 2 lemons (thinly sliced)
- Gently swish the elderflower heads in a bucket of water to remove any bugs or dirt. Place on a tea towel to drip dry.
- Pour the gin into the large jar or jug.
- Place the elderflower heads and thinly sliced lemons into the jug.
- Place the weight on top of the flowers and lemons and leave for three days.
- Make sure that none of the flowers or fruit are exposed to the air. Or if the flowers begin to brown before three days – simply strain early to avoid a nasty taste.
- Strain the gin through the muslin cloth and store in the original bottle until you choose to gift in a smaller glass bottles; or simply drink.
- Serve with ice, soda water, mint leaves and dehydrated lemons.
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