When Greg named Elderberry, 'Elderberry' I thought it was the stupidest name in the entire world. A goat named Elderberry? Stupid.
But, now that we have had Elders for six months, I can't imagine him being named anything else. Just like elderberries, he is sweet and rare. He brings me an unspeakable amount of joy, and I love him with nearly my entire heart (reserving some space for Buckwheat and Cody and the other animals).
Greg names all of our animals the most peculiar names. Jennifer Chickensten, Arnold Roostenegger, Goldie Hen, etc... Even on the rare occasion that I name an animal, he still finds ways to make it his own. Example: Penelope is best known as Penelops and Piper is best known as Pipita. He's even given me the nickname of Babs, a name where no one is sure came from.
Anyways, now that we have a goat named Elderberry, I have become obsessed with elderberries. They are a real thing, and are what comes after elder-flowers - the oh so lovely blossom that plays a key role in my staple champagne cocktail: St. Germain.
If you have a chance to gather some elderberries, I suggest making a pie. But if you are like me, and only find 3/4 cup of berries left to enjoy after the birds and bears had their fill...then make a syrup. Once you've made a syrup, make this cocktail.
The 2 limes are necessary. They cut the sweetness and add a bit of a tropical feel to the cocktail. I also added a cap-full of St. Germain. Just enough to bring out the botanical flavors of the elderberries. I hope you enjoy this treat as much as Elders and I did. Buckwheat had a sip too.
Elderberry Syrup Cocktail
- 1.5 oz. Elderberry syrup
- juice 2 limes
- 3 oz. vodka
- 1 cap full elder-flower liquor (aka St. Germain)
Shake well over ice and serve in a martini glass.