Use only elderberries, or mix in other berries such as blackberries or blueberries. On cold winter evenings, this is a perfect after-dinner cordial. In the summer, add a bit to lemonade or drizzle over ice cream.
4 cups fresh elderberries, most of the stems removed
1Zest of one lemon
11-in. piece cinnamon stick
2 cups sugar
4 cups vodka
1 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (optional; it produces a smoother cordial)
Jim's Elderberry Cordial Directions
In a half-gallon glass container with a lid, combine the berries, lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice and sugar.
Pour in the vodka, cover the container with plastic wrap and screw on the lid. Set aside in a cool, dark place for 2 months—gently shaking the jar once a week.
Strain and discard the berries and spices. Add the vegetable glycerin (if using), stir and decant into a decorative storage bottle. The cordial is best when aged an additional 3 to 4 months before drinking.