Elderflower Liqueur is an essential ingredient for any good bourbon.
It makes for an excellent base for all kinds of bourbons, including some that are not available to the public.
The recipe below shows how to make elderflower-based bourbons.
If you’re looking for something a little less indulgent, you can also make your own elderflower flavor by adding a little cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sugar to a shot glass of rum or bourbon.
1/4 ounce bourbon (about 70% alcohol) 2/3 ounce elderflower (about 20% alcohol), freshly squeezed (about 5 drops) 3/4 cup rum (about 8 drops) 1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste (optional) 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, or for a little more spice 1 cup grated zest from an orange (about 1/3 cup) 3 tablespoons (60 mL) (1 cup) freshly squeezed elderflower petals 1/6 cup sugar (or more to your taste) 3 1/16 cup (50 mL) water (or 1/5 cup) vanilla bean, toasted 1/1 cup (2 ounces) (4.5 grams) freshly grated nutmeg (or 2 teaspoons) Directions To make elderberry liqueurs: In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
Add bourbon and stir for 5 minutes.
Add elderflower, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and sugar and stir to combine.
Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.
Taste and adjust sweetness with additional cinnamon and cloves if desired.
Serve at room temperature.
Recipe Notes Recipe is adapted from “The Simple, Delicious, and Wonderful Home Brews Book,” by James F. Moore and John P. Hutton.
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