Autumn Foraging

The elderflowers are long gone, and the summer soon to follow, but we still have a lot to look forward to. Today I foraged some delicious elderberries. Some were ripe some not. I took the darkest purple ones from the tree to make some gin.
Here's how:
Sterilise your killer bottle (180 degrees, 20 minutes)
Scald the lid & rubber.
Wash the berries & microwave for a few minutes until the berries are hot, slightly steaming & some burst.
Wait until they're cool & the bottles are cool.
Fill 1/3 of the bottle with berries & fill the gaps with sugar.
Add the gin
Leave for 1 month, on its side, turning regularly.
Sieve or the berries & drink with a good tonic & ice.

I checked the sloes today, they're coming along nicely, more plentiful than last year, possibly due to the late summer rain. Not quite ready, another month or 2 of waiting I think.

ElderBerriesBeforebicking
Picking Elderberries
May 2024
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