We’re all about seasonal ingredients and love a bit of foraging – now that the elderflowers are in bloom we’ll be bottling that scent-of-summer fragrance by making elderflower gin.

This is an incredibly easy way to distill that delicate perfume into a grown up drink.  You can adjust the amount of sugar depending on how sweet you like your gin.

INGREDIENTS

3-6 large heads of elderflower

60g caster sugar

2 pieces lemon peel

500 ml gin (we like Holyrood Dry Gin)

METHOD

  1. Gently shake or brush off any insects from the flowers.
  2. Place in a sterilised container with a lid and pour over the gin. Add the sugar and lemon peel and stir slowly to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Leave to steep for 24 hours.
  4. Strain the gin through a muslin cloth and transfer to a sterilised bottle.

Ideally drink within 4 weeks of making – not something we usually have a problem with.  Delicious with tonic and ice, natrua