Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar

This elderberry vinegar recipe makes a unique alternative to traditional Balsamic vinegar. Deep, rich, and beautifully smooth it goes extremely well as a salad dressing. It can also be used as a ‘hot toddy’ to ward of the Winter sniffles.

Elderberry Vinegar Recipe Ingredients

  • 400g ripe Elderberries
  • 500ml of organic red wine vinegar
  • 700g of organic cane sugar

Elderberry Vinegar Recipe Instructions

  1. Put Elderberries in a bowl and pound lightly with the end of a rolling pin.
  2. Pour over the red wine vinegar, and cover with muslin. Leave for five days.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve, and pour the liquid into a saucepan.
  4. Add the sugar, and warm until dissolved. Keep stirring, so the sugar doesn’t burn or start to caramelise. Then bring to a rolling boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Now pour into sterilised bottles and cap. Make sure you use cork or plastic topped caps otherwise, they will corrode due to the vinegar.

Makes: 600ml

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  1. I’ve just made the Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar-left the elderberries sitting for 2 weeks in the vinegar (I was so busy!) then made the rest of it. I think leaving it slightly longer has given a depth of flavour from the berries more. Thought I would share this with you so you can try as it’s super delicious! Thank you.

  2. I got this recipe from you a couple of years ago. THANK YOU! My kids (3,5,7 years) actually ask for salad so they can use the lettuce as a vehicle for this dressing. My oldest daughter would drink it if I’d let her. Also nice enough for Christmas presents for posh in-laws! Love your emails. As a nervous new forager, I’m learning lots.

  3. Is there anything you can do with the soaked berries after you’ve used them for the vinegar? Seems like a bit of a waste (clearly not but it’s just instilled in me! ?)

  4. I steam extract my elderberries giving me juice. I am trying to figure out the ratio of apple cider vinegar to Elderberry juice and brown sugar for a very incredible balsamic reduction that i have made and love. I can’t find my notes !
    Any ideas about ratio’s of fresh juice to ACV would be super . Thank you from an elderberry fan.

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