1pint of fresh or thawed elderberries
1 quart vodka
2 to 3 one inch pieces of lemon rind
Put elderberries in a quart (or larger) mason jar and pour the vodka over them. Add the lemon rind (no white pith). Seal and put in a dark place for at least a month, or up to six months.
The longer you let it sit, the more flavor will be extracted.
When you decide it has been long enough, pour it through a strainer lined with cheesecloth into another jar and add the sugar. Add anywhere from 1/4 to whatever your taste buds prefer. Shake to combine & put back in the cupboard.
After a few days or weeks, the sugar should be completely dissolved the the liquor is ready to drink.
It should keep forever.
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