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Elderflower bubbly June 25, 2011

Filed under: Community life on the farm,Parenting — naturesmother @ 9:42 am
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It is that time of year! Everything is blossoming and fruiting frantically, and there are not enough hours in the day to do all that needs doing!  I did, however, get around to making some elderflower champagne, and this is how:

Ingredients:

8 heads of elderflower (preferably picked when fully open on a sunny day)
1 kg of sugar (I used unrefined demerera sugar this time – slightly better for you than white sugar)
2 unwaxed lemons (only organic lemons-or your own- are unwaxed)
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
10 litres cold water

Method:

  1. Peel lemon rind of thinly with a potato peeler
  2. shake insects of elderflower heads and put in bucket
  3. add lemon rind and the juice of the 2 lemons
  4. add sugar (gently) and apple cider vinegar
  5. pour water over and stir
  6. Stir twice a day for a week, and then bottle (plastic fizzy bottles work best – if you use wine bottles store them somewhere where explosions won’t do much damage – although they’ve not exploded for me yet!)
  7. Can be drunk anywhere from week 2  and up to a year, and is only slightly alcoholic but very tasty!  Enjoy!
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