Back in the days – not the 80’ies – like way further back, when the process of distilling schnapps wasn’t so perfect as it is now, there would always be a bit of fusel taste. To cover this up, the clever people from Bornholm used honey. And so do I, even though there wasn’t any unwanted taste in this schnapps.
I do know, that here in the beginning of august, we are way out of elderflower season. Much closer to elderberry season. But now you are prepared to next years elderflower season, so remember to write this one on you schnapps-bucket list (if you have on of those). Or you could replace the elderflowers with other things to flavour. Lemon peel or maybe star anise. Or just keep it all basic. Schnapps and honey. That’s the traditional way. And then it doesn’t have infuse. just dissolve the honey in the alcohol and you are good to go.
After straining, the pollen from both the elderflowers and honey will leave some of the syp a bit unclear. You can filter it away, I always keep it since it is full of taste.
Elderflower sypPrint Recipe
- 1 bottle of clear aquavit (I used Brøndums clear)
- 300g honey
- 5-6 bouquets of elderflowers
Dissolve the honey in the aquavit. Use a handblender.
Put the bouquets of elderflower in a pickling glas. Remove the coarse stalks first.
Close and let it infuse for 3-4 weeks.
Strain and bottle when it tastes good.
Server at 12 degrees celcius.