Sweet Elderberry Vinegar

Sweet Elderberry Vinegar is a tasty alternative to Balsamic and makes the most delicious salad dressing. Try drizzling your Elderberry Vinegar over ice cream or add it to sparkling water and ice for a refreshing summer drink. The vinegar is so versatile it even doubles up as a cold and flu remedy, simply add hot water to a tablespoon of Elderberry Vinegar and stir.

Sweet Elderberry Vinegar is a tasty alternative to Balsamic and makes the most delicious salad dressing. Try drizzling your Elderberry Vinegar over ice cream or add it to sparkling water and ice for a refreshing summer drink.

Despite being busy I couldn’t resist picking the elderberries from the Elder trees in our field. Even though we picked the flowers in early summer to make Elderflower liqueur, our trees were still packed with more than enough berries for us and the birds.

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We waited patiently for the elderberries to ripen as it’s important to pick them when they’re fully ripe because unripe fruits can cause tummy upsets. To make the most of your foraged fruit, see my Harvesting Elderberries post for tips and more details on what to look for when picking.

 

Elderberries on table

 

Is Sweet Elderberry Vinegar easy to make?

Yes it is  and it’s so versatile you can use it on sweet and savoury dishes. I use a cider vinegar as malt vinegar is too harsh. I have tried a white wine vinegar with good results but cider vinegar is our favourite.

It’s best to let the fruit macerate with the vinegar for at least two days if you have time but I like to leave it for five. All you then need to do is strain it, add sugar and boil up for about ten minutes and there you have it, your very own Elderberry Vinegar.

A ladle of elderberry vinegar

We like our fruit vinegars quite syrupy so I’ve boiled ours for fifteen minutes; we use it like a Balsamic reduction. It’s best to leave your fruit vinegar to mature for a couple of weeks so the vinegar can lose its harshness.

 

 

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More Elderberry Recipes for you to try

Elderberry Jelly with Port – this fruity seedless jam is delicious on toast or a scone and is equally good with cooked or cold meats as it pairs perfectly with beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Or simply add the jelly to your gravy or jus as you would when using redcurrant jelly.

What a lovely wibble wobble on my Elderberry & Port Jelly

Elderberry Tart –
I’ve used a rich butter pastry and used a small amount of custard flavoured with Creme de Cassis as a base for the elderberries for my version of this much loved tart. It truly is delicious, the elderberries adding just the right amount of tartness and fruitiness and if you’re like us you won’t be able to stop at just one slice.

Elderberry Tart makes the most of this delicious foraged fruit. Elderberries & a cassis flavoured custard fill this butter pastry shell - my version of the much loved Tarte aux Myrtilles.

 

I hope you enjoy Sweet Elderberry Vinegar as much as we do. Here’s the recipe in quick printable format so you can have it to hand while you try it out.

 

Sweet Elderberry Vinegar is a tasty alternative to Balsamic and makes the most delicious salad dressing. Try drizzling your Elderberry Vinegar over ice cream or add it to sparkling water and ice for a refreshing summer drink.

Sweet Elderberry Vinegar

Sweet Elderberry Vinegar is a delicious alternative to a Balsamic & really enhances the flavour of a salad dressing. Try drizzling over ice cream or making a refreshing summer drink with sparkling water & ice.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Straining and macerating time: 2 days 2 hours
Total Time: 2 days 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 100
Calories: 38kcal
Author: Sarah James

Equipment

  • large preserving pan
  • scalded jelly bag
  • jelly stand
  • Le Parfait jar or Kilner jar or Mason jar
  • sterilised bottles or jars

Ingredients

  • 1 kg clean elderberries stalks removed
  • 600 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 750 g granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Put the elderberries in a large bowl and add the cider vinegar and crush them lightly with a potato masher.
  • Pour into a large sealed glass container (I used a Le Parfait Jar) and leave to macerate for at least 2 days - 5 days is better if you have the time.
  • Attach the jelly bag to its stand and place it over a large bowl.
  • Pour the macerated elderberries and juice into the jelly bag and leave to strain for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Measure the strained liquid and pour into a preserving pan or large saucepan.
  • For every 600 ml (2 ¼ cups) of liquid add 450 g (2 ¼ cups) of granulated sugar.
  • Place over a low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissloved.
  • Bring slowly to the boil and boil for 10 minutes - 15 minutes if you want a syrupy vinegar.
  • Remove from the heat and skim off any scum.
  • Leave to cool before decanting into sterilised bottles or jars.
  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight - keeps for at least 12 months.

Notes

  • Serving size is 1 tablespoon. 1 tablespoon a day is known to be a good way of boosting your immune system.
  • The recipe makes approximately 1 ½ litres - the amount will depend on how much juice your elderberries produce and how much you reduce the vinegar at the end.
  • The amount of sugar in the ingredients list is approximate - weigh out your sugar and use 450g of jam sugar to 600ml of elderberry juice.
  • Use an upturned stool with a muslin cloth attached to it instead of a jelly bag and stand.
  • Preparation time does not include straining or macerating time.
  • It's best to leave your fruit vinegar to mature for a couple of weeks so the vinegar can lose its harshness.
  • Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Elderberry Vinegar
Serving Size
 
100 tablespoons
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
38
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
33
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
60
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Sweet Elderberry Vinegar is a tasty alternative to Balsamic and makes the most delicious salad dressing. Try drizzling your Elderberry Vinegar over ice cream or add it to sparkling water and ice for a refreshing summer drink.



12 thoughts on “Sweet Elderberry Vinegar”

  • 5 stars
    In love with this elderberry vinegar great base for drinks too! I made something similar using your recipe but replace the berries with blackberries as I cannot find elderberries in my area.

    • Thanks for trying my recipe Adriana. Substituting blackberries is a great idea, they make a delicious vinegar and blackberries are also high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

  • 5 stars
    I like the sound of the substitution for balsamic vinegar. My husband doesn’t like balsamic vinegar. I will give this recipe a try for sure. It is indeed a unique recipe.

    • Thanks Deepika, it’s a pleasure to share my recipe. Elderberry vinegar has an earthy yet sweet flavour and is similar to Balsamic but different enough that your husband will enjoy it. Do let me know how you get on.

  • 5 stars
    This reminds me of my grandma! she would always get a big bunch of elderberries from a friend every year. She’d make pie, and then any leftovers would go into vinegar to preserve. If I can get my hands on some elderberries I’m totally making this. Thank you!!

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to find new ways to use elderberry to keep my immune system up to snuff! This vinegar recipe will be perfect!

    • We have elderberry vinegar with water all through the winter as a hot drink. It’s delicious and it’s good for you. Do let me know how you get on.

  • 5 stars
    This sweet elderberry vinegar is so flavorful! What a fabulous recipe. Last night we had crisp garden salad as our main dish, and we dressed it with high-quality olive oil and this delicious homemade vinegar.

  • 5 stars
    Thank you so much for these recipes. A few years ago I managed to get an elderberry bush and have been delighted to see it growing larger. I’m hoping that next year I can harvest enough berries to make this. For now, the birds are enjoying them.

    • You’re most welcome Charlie, I hope your elderberry bush has a good harvest next year.

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