Tuesday 24 May 2011

Champagne Anyone?

It's been just over two weeks since I made the Elderflower Champagne, and it had to be opened to check that the alchemy has worked correctly..... I can confirm that it has!

Townies; eat your hearts out!
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  1. Over the weekend, one of my more avid readers declared somewhat irrationally that my writings were ALL LIES.

    So, I would like to reassure my more 'normal' readers that the above photo was not falsified, that no shop-bought bottles of fizzy pop were substituted, and that no children or animals were harmed in any way in the making of this delicious soft drink.

    I quite expect my detractor also believes that the world really did end on saturday.

  2. Hello:
    How very extraordinary. And, if he/she really does feel that about your blog, then why read it, let alone comment?!!

    As for the Elderflower Champagne, count us in!

  3. If she wants lies, she should come over to my blog. Meanwhile, us townies have to make do with Krug or Bollinger, as sent over by your near neighbors.

  4. you say soft drink? Not hard?????? Champagne??????

    (watching the Scots-man play tennis at the French Open, 5am ET)

  5. Hello Cro

    Have just found your blogg and seem to have stumbled into a good old fashioned cat fight: what fun.

    Your reader has presumably never come across Elderflower Champagne: how sad is that. I think it's wonderful stuff, though I have never made it myself.

    On the other hand, I have made ginger beer, sometimes with quite spectacular results. I remember once, when I probably overdid the yeast, corks started popping. So we felt obliged to drink up the rest of the cache before it ended-up all over the cellar. It took several years for my appetite for ginger beer to return.


  6. Looks cool, refreshing and very fizzy. My husbands dear old auntie used to make dandelion wine (and she WAS a townie).

  7. Yes, pour me a glass, please, oh great sorcerer.

  8. It looks wonderful. Hard to believe that it could be ready after just two weeks, but pictures don't lie!

  9. Looks good enough to drink. May I beg the recipe? I live in a city centre with a huge elder bush covered in blossom, climbing all over our back wall. Admittedly from the hotel car park behind so presumably full of lethal exhaust fumes - but what the hell - you only live once.

  10. Elegance: 6 heads of Elderflower, 600 gms sugar, 6 litres water, juice of 1 lemon, zest of 1 lemon, and 2 tablespoons of clear vinegar. Combine in clean bucket, leave for 24 hrs, then filter into flip-top bottles (see above). Leave for 2 weeks before drinking. It's as simple as that!


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