So, it’s been ages since I made any flavoured alcohol. But what would be a nicer reminder of the heady summer days (yes both days) than some elderflower vodka?
I can’t believe I haven’t thought of making this before. I love infusing alcohols with different flavours and have used blackcurrants, plums, damsons, sloes and cranberries before. And lemons and oranges, and all manner of spices.
Anyway, back to midsummer flavours.
I don’t usually go back to the valley mid-week but yesterday had arranged to go back (on a Monday night) to finish off the elderflower fizz process (straining and bottling). When I got back it was still gorgeous warm sunshine, and I headed straight down to the garden, to pick some sweet smelling flowers. There are still plenty in bloom in the valley.
I stuffed the flower-heads into a 1.5l kilner jar, and filled the jar up with vodka. The jar will be shoogled every day for a week or two. Then I’ll strain it, and add some sugar syrup, to make a liqueur.
I’ll report back with a taste test.