It's a bumper year for elderflower this year. The frothy flowers are everywhere and the scent is incredible. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a few flower heads then why not give this recipe (an old family recipe of mine) a go?
2 heads of elderflower
1 1/2 lbs (680g) sugar
2 tbsp (35ml) white wine vinegar
1 gallon (4.5 litres) water
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
- Put the heads of elderflower into a bowl followed by the lemon juice, rind, sugar and vinegar.
- Add the cold water and leave for 24 hours.
- Strain into bottles and ice down (or put it in the fridge)
- Elderflower fizz will be ready to drink in 2 weeks.
Elderflower champagne doesn't really keep so it's a truly seasonal tipple.
Do you have any stories or anecdotes about making homebrew? Have you tried this recipe? Let me know in the comments below!