Elderflower Gin

Elderflower gin
Gin and elderflowers
Gin ingredients – elderflower and lemon

Elderflower Gin

Many people, including me,  use these fragrant flowers to make Elderflower Cordial but they can also be used to make beautiful floral-flavoured Elderflower Gin.  Unlike some flavoured gins, such as Rhubarb Gin, which take a number of weeks to mature before they can be drunk, Elderflower Gin is ready the next day!   It is great on its own or with a mixer, such as tonic, or with sparkling wine.

Elderflowers are a good starting point for new “foragers” as they are so widely available and easily recognisable.   They are the blossoms of the elder (Sambucus nigra) which is a small tree or shrub commonly found in woodlands and gardens throughout the UK.   The small creamy-white flowers are arranged in big clusters and bloom in late May or early June.   In autumn, they turn into purple elderberries which also have a range of culinary uses.


Jam jar

Elderflower cordial
Picked elderflowers
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Elderflower gin

Elderflower Gin

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 500 ml 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Cuisine: English


Add the scent of early English summer to your cocktails with this home-made Elderflower Gin.


  • 6 elderflower heads
  • 1 strip peel from an unwaxed lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 500 ml gin


  1. Wash the elderflower heads to remove any insects.
  2. Put the elderflower heads into the jar together with the lemon peel and caster sugar.  Add the gin.
  3. Allow to infuse for 24 hours.
  4. Strain through a sieve lined with muslin or kitchen paper into a clean jar or bottle.
  5. The gin will keep for approximately one month.

Keywords: elderflower gin

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