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
- Snip the flowers away from the main stalk and put in a plastic bucket or large bowl.
- Slice the lemon and put in a clean bucket, along with the sugar and cider vinegar.
- Next add the cold water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Leave for 24-36 hours.
- 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.
- 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)