Seasonal Snippets

In June the Elderflowers are in bloom and a lovely way to take advantage of this is to make Elderflower Champagne which is very easy to make and really refreshing in this very hot weather.

The Outreach Officer gave a sample that she made recently and it’s lovely. It only has about 1.5% alcohol content (I can hear your signs of disappointment!), unlike traditional Champagne. Click here to see the recipe and instructions.

Elderflower Champagne Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 large heads of Elderflowers (lightly rinse and shake to remove wee beasties)
  • 1 large lemon chopped up
  • 250 gms of granulated sugar
  • Half a cup of cider vinegar
  • 4 litres of cold water

Elderflower Champagne Recipe Instructions

  1. Snip the flowers away from the main stalk and put in a plastic bucket or large bowl.
  2. Slice the lemon and put in a clean bucket, along with the sugar and cider vinegar.
  3. Next add the cold water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Leave for 24-36 hours.
  4. Strain the mixture through muslin or a fine sieve, and pour into 1 litre screw-top plastic bottles that have been thoroughly cleaned and dried. Make sure you leave a 5cm gap at the top.
  5. Leave for between a week to four weeks and then drink.

(This recipe produces a very low alcohol version of this drink – approx 1.5 percent)

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