Elderflower Lemon Balm Liqueur
If you enjoy the flavor of a liqueur you will really love this Elderflower Lemon Balm Liqueur. It is a combination of Elderberry flowers, lemon balm and spices. The beautiful sweet aroma of the flowers from the Elderberry tree and the citrus flavor from the lemon balm and the light hint of spices add a nice balance to this liqueur. Elderberry Lemon Balm Liqueur is a must have in your cupboard. Serve by itself, iced, or over ice cream.
Elderberry flowers are a creamy color of white. They are sweet in taste and in smell. These delicate little flowers are harvested in spring. Do not wash these flowers as they are very fragile and they will loss there flavor and medicinal qualities. It is best just to check carefully for insects and remove them.
The fruit is used to make wine. The flowers, leaves, berries, bark and roots have all been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries offering a list of health benefits.
NOTE: All other parts of this plant, except the berries, are mildly toxic! They contain a bitter alkaloid and glycoside that may change into cyanide. The cooked ripe berries of the edible elders are harmless. Eating uncooked berries may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Elderberry Lemon Balm Liqueur
1 1/2 – 2 cups Fresh Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra; S. Canadensis) or 1/2 cup dried Elder flowers
3 cups spring water
3 – 4 Slices of Fresh Lemons
3 stem Fresh Lemon Balm or 2 tbsp. dried lemon balm
1 small bay leaf
2 Juniper berries or cloves
2 allspice berries
4 coriander seeds
3 1/2 cups Spring Water
1-2/3 cup Honey
1 cups Apple Juice, Pomegranate, or Cranberry
1 1/2 cup Vodka that has been infused with elder flowers or Gin
Infuse your honey with elder flowers.
Infuse your vodka with elder flowers.
Take a large glass bowl and fill it with your elder flowers, add water and let it steep 24 hours and strain.
In a medium saucepan add lemons, spices and water. Bring to a bowl. Once it starts to boil shut off the heat and add lemon balm let steep for 10 minutes. Stain and cool.
Pour the water over Elderflowers and cover with a plate to keep everything submerged under water for 48 hours. Pour everything into a fine mesh screen colander to strain.
Take the steeped water and pour into a pan along with juice and sugar or honey and Cook over low heat until sugar or honey has dissolved.
Let it cool and add the gin or vodka
Pour into a bottle and drink Ice cold