I recently produced a batch of Elderberry Syrup to be served in a non-alcoholic cocktail for our 2012 End of Season Celebration. A small three pound harvest of elderberries was able to produce 2 litres of syrup, the main ingredient in this cocktail. I kept a little 250 ml jar for myself so that I could try out the famed Gleaner Cocktail at home with some friends. After a couple of these Gleaners we decided we wanted to branch out and mix up a few more cocktails inspired by Elderberries. Here are three that we came up with.
This is a classic Mojito with the addition of Elderberry Syrup. Try and preserve your Elderberry Syrup for the following summer so you can enjoy this refreshing cocktail in the sun.
Handful of Mint
Juice of One Lime
One Lime Sliced for Garnish
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Elderberry Syrup
2 oz White Rum
2 oz Club Soda
In a Collins glass combine Mint, Slice of Lime, Juice of one Lime, Elderberry Syrup, and Sugar. Muddle ingredients together at the bottom of the glass. Muddling will bruise the mint leaves and Lime Zest imparting more flavour. Fill the glass with ice and pour in White Rum and Club Soda. Stir, garnish with lime and enjoy.
Gin & Elderberry Fizz
This is a delicious boozy cocktail with nice texture provided by the egg white.
.5oz Lime Juice
1 Egg White
1oz soda water
Dash St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Drizzle of Elderberry Syrup
Combine all ingredients except for the Elderberry Syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, more so than with a typical cocktail to ensure that the egg white is mixed thoroughly with all the ingredients. Strain into a cocktail glass and drizzle with Elderberry Syrup.
If you’re intimidated by muddling and shaking cocktails this ones for you. This is a nice way to jazz up some cheap sparkling wine. A Bellini is traditionally a combination of sparkling wine and peach puree but you can add whatever fruit you like. In this case the elderberries give a very nice taste and beautiful colour.
Add one half ounce of Elderberry Syrup to a champagne flute, top with sparkling wine. For the sparkling wine, use something cheap and cheerful, no need to break the bank on high-falutin champagne, the fruit will bury all the nice flavours you may get from a more expensive bottle.