The other day I finally got around to making some Elderberry Elixer. I first heard of this on Flow of Love's blog here and really wanted to try some after making the easy Elderberry Electuary she also posted about. I checked out the details from the Kiva Rose link and then set to it. I had put some Elderberries in the freezer in September with the plan to make something with them once I had some time. I pulled the berries off the stem with a fork and them filled two jars almost to the top with them.
I added a few of my dried rosehips to both jars and a bit of cut up ginger to one jar.
Filled them with alcohol (both were fruit based alcohol and one of them was a gorgeous cherry coloured alcohol). Topped them off with a rather large dollop of local honey.
They were stirred, not shaken. ;-) Actually I would have shaken them but they were quite full so I settled for stirring. Maybe after a taste test or two there will be room to shake. ;-)
And then I watched them as even the one with clear alcohol turned the prettiest ever shade of burgundy I've ever seen. This picture doesn't capture it well but trust me, it's gorgeous. And the smell is utterly divine. It reminds me of a fruit compote my mom used to make (which at the time I thought was nothing more than a good way to ruin perfectly good ice cream but am sure I would appreciate much more as an adult).