Yesterday was my Elderflower Champagne making day. The sun was shining, it was warm, and the flowers were in perfect condition.
I picked 6 sun-kissed heads of Elderflower, added 600 gms of sugar, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, the rind of a lemon, the juice of a lemon, and 6 litres of water. It's as simple as that.
This afternoon I shall bottle it, and put it away until July/August.
Best to place the bottles away from danger (in a shed maybe), as they can become lively and explode. You need bottles that have wired-on tops, as below.
If you intend making some; good luck!
No worries here about this post. I love an occasional bottle of cheap bubbly! Life is for living it's not a rehearsal.ReplyDelete
Do you make this? It's a wonderful Summer drink, and is child's play to make.Delete
No I don't make it. I live in London and I don't know where to get elderflowers. Having said that I might source some and give it a goDelete
It is everywhere.Delete
Hyde Park? Green Park? I'm sure you'd find some.Delete
We have to wait a while longer for the elderflowers to come out over here in England.ReplyDelete
They are suddenly everywhere here, the hedgerows are covered.Delete
When I look at Elderflower it always reminds me of your champagne-making.ReplyDelete
I love your blog and your meanderings, Cro.
Greetings Maria x
You should have a go at making some Maria; you'd love it. The perfect non-alcoholic Summer drink.Delete
I have your recipe now, thanks. XDelete
I've looked for elderflower here last year when you wrote about it but could not find it here.ReplyDelete
It's probably more of a European shrub.Delete
My dad used to make wine. Every now and then a bottle would pop its cork making us all jump sky high.ReplyDelete
I've never had luck growing elder. I've tried a few times.
We have so much around us in the hedgerows that I don't bother growing my own.Delete
Delicately scented and flavours of the summer !ReplyDelete
I'm just about to do the bottling.Delete
My Retired Man once made wine at home. After a few months, most of the bottles exploded. What a mess! Now he makes wine with a group of men at a winery. It is safer and no clean-up for me.ReplyDelete
I've just this second finished bottling mine. The ones in the bottles as illustrated (above) tend not to explode, but I also use old 'Fischer' beer bottles, with the same tops, and they are made from much thinner glass, and can go bang. My fingers are crossed.Delete
Every year I say I'm going to make Elderflower champagne and every year passes me by. I have to go and check out the two sources where I know they grow. Thanks for the reminder.ReplyDelete
I'm the same with other things, but I always make my EC.Delete
Every time I hear about Elderflowers I think about you making a batch of Champagne. I told my Julia about it and she was curios about the whole process, so I might have her read this post.ReplyDelete
Younger people love making this because it's like magic. You start with so few simple things, and it ends up as something wonderful. I think that's probably why I make it.Delete
Astonishing that such simple ingredients can quite quickly become such an exquisite drink.ReplyDelete
That's it Weave; simple chemistry producing something marvelous.Delete
Never made - but I am sure I would enjoy!ReplyDelete
Once tasted never forgotten.Delete
I make Elderflower Cordial,the Champagne version sounds simpler although I haven't any suitable bottles,Elerflowers just peeping out here,may give it a try:)ReplyDelete
I keep saying I should make some Cordial, but I never do.The EC is so easy, I could do it with my eyes closed.Delete
You should try making some Cordial,a little more long winded but it keeps a while and is also suitable for freezing,especially delicious if you are a Gin fan:)Delete
I used to make it too. One bottle exploded embedding glass in the plaster of our kitchen pantry. Removing the other bottles was a scary process.ReplyDelete