26 June 2011
Now is the time to have a go at making elderflower champagne. We had a go at making some today and I was surprised how easy it is to make. Here is a really simple recipe.
Making elderflower champagne is easy:-
• Go pick half a dozen full elderflower heads ideally on a sunny day when they are most fragrant.
• Half fill a clean bucket with 2 gallons of cold water (thats 10 Litres for my Euro chums)
• dissolve 2lbs (1kg) of white sugar into the water
• shake any debris and insects clear from the elderflower heads and immerse in the water
• Cut two lemons in half squeeze juice into water and throw in the squeezed halfs
• add a splosh (4 tablespoons) of white wine vinegar
• stir gently and cover with a clean tea towel
• leave for 24 hours stirring occasionally
After 24 hours, sterilise plastic carbonated drinks bottles – 10 x 1 litre lemonade/pop bottles are ideal – and strain jugfuls of the liquor through a sieve or muslin cloth into the bottles and screw the plastic tops on firmly.
Leave for a week and the naturally occurring yeast on the elderflower heads begins to ferment with the sugar creating a very weak alcohol content but lots of carbon dioxide.