Sambucus is the Latin name for plants belonging to the elderflower family. A popular thing to do in Advent or at Christmas is to spice some fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial/syrup) and serve it hot, as a less boozy alternative to spiced mulled wine. Margareta Schildt Landgren
• For preference use homemade fläderblomssaft (elderflower cordial/syrup). However, if you didn't get the opportunity to make any this year, any good quality commercial elderflower cordial, such as Bottle Green, can be used instead.
• Some Swedes prefer to use thyme instead of vanilla if they are serving Sambucus with spicy appetisers. In which case, you could garnish the glasses with thyme and a juniper berry.
• This makes a superb alcohol-free drink, simply use de-alcoholised wine instead of the white wine.
|300 ml||(1¼ cups)||elderflower cordial (syrup)|
|½||vanilla pod (bean)|
|750 ml||(1 bottle)||dry white wine|
|4-5 tbsp||Absolut vodka (optional)|
1. Bring the elderflower cordial (syrup) and juniper berries to the boil in a saucepan.
2. Split the vanilla pod (bean) in half, scrape out the seeds and put the pod and the seeds in the saucepan.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture infuse for two hours. Strain.
4. Heat through with the wine and vodka without letting it boil.
5. Serve immediately in mulled wine glasses, if you have them.
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