It’s been a bumper crop of elderberries again this year! If you’re interested in foraging them or need other tips for using them, see my post Foraging for Elderberries.
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I have wine brewing, I’m tincturing some to use medicinally, and I’m making elderberry liqueur to serve as a special Christmas treat.
Tincture or Liqueur?
Actually, tinctures and liqueurs start out in the exact same manner. Vodka is poured over the elderberries which are then left to sit in a cool, dark place for several weeks.
To extract the medicinal qualities of elderberry, use a vodka that is at least 80 proof. 100 proof is even better.
Traditionally, elderberry has been used to strengthen the immune system and to fight flu. Modern science is beginning to prove that elderberry is indeed powerful medicine.
After extracting the delicious flavor of the elderberry, sugar may be added to create a a liqueur, a wonderful after dinner treat. Lemon rind is often added with the elderberries at the beginning of the process, but is optional.
Be sure to also visit my post Natural Home Remedies for Your Medicine Cabinet.
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