Elderberry Liqueur

Elderberry Liqueur

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Elderberries make a delightful, dark coloured liqueur which is good as an aperitif or even drizzled over ice cream or pudding. It is not to strong either.


Makes: 4 bottles

  • 2 kg elderberries
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 litres) water
  • 1 1/2 kg sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups (1 litre) light rum

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hour cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

  1. Simmer the elderberries in the water about 15 minutes then strain, discarding the skins and seeds. Place the juice back in the saucepan.
  2. Add the sugar and vanilla and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool, then stir in rum. Pour into bottles, seal and store somewhere cool and dark.

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