Monday 17 May 2010

Anyone for Elderflower Champagne?

It's almost Elderflower Champagne time again (here in France anyway) and this is a reminder to get those bottles ready.

If you don't have any, now is the time to aquire some of these wired flip-top, sometimes known as Corona, bottles. They are the only ones that really do the job! This stuff can be firey.

Otherwise you will need about 4 dry sun-kissed elderflower heads (obviously), a lemon, some sugar, and a splash of white wine (or red wine) vinegar.

I shall give the recipe later (if you don't already have your own). This is for the kids, so get them prepared.

I usually make 5 litres (at each brew). So, if you wish to follow my method, you will need five 1 litre bottles.

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  1. I'm intrigued. What is an elderflower?

  2. Gosh. I'd imagined this was international! Maybe you call it something else. I think the best is to Google it. Sorry about that.

  3. Heard of it, never tasted it. I'll just live vicariously through you and trust it's fabulous.

  4. Amy. This is so simple, and you'll never look back. Try it with the kids; they'll love it. I'll put a very simple recipe up in a few days.

  5. I can remember my mother-in-law making elder flower champagne. It was good too - I think they used to drink it in the harvest time - you can imagine a few bales rolling about! Pretty powerful stuff!

  6. There MUST be some natural yeast on elderflowers (as with grapes), and the fizz MUST be caused by fermentation. Even so, I don't think the 'Champagne' is very alcoholic. Children drink it, and I've yet to see one under the table. The effort/result ratio makes this well worth making. It's mostly about having the right BOTTLES.


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