Elderflower Champagne

The fine summer we have had this year means the Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra) are heavy with pollen making them ideal to make Elderflower Champagne.

This recipe is very easy to make, so get cracking as the window of opportunity is closing fast and the Elderflowers my way are turning already.

This is a work in progress! I will report back whether it works or not. It’s an unusual elderflower champagne recipe and folk have privately commented that they don’t think it will work… As I like to say “Time Will Tell”. Boo to the nay-sayers.

Further Reading: Traditional and Modern Use of Elder

Elderflower Champagne Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 litres of Elderflowers
  • 3 lemons (juiced)
  • 500g of granulated sugar
  • 5 litres of cold water

Elderflower Champagne Recipe Instructions

  1. Snip the flowers away from the main stalk and put in a plastic bucket or large bowl.
  2. Slice the lemons and put in the bowl along with the sugar.
  3. Next add the cold water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover with a weighted plate to exclude the air, so make sure that the Elderflowers etc. are all submerged. Leave for 24-36 hours.
  4. Strain the mixture through muslin or a fine sieve, and pour into 1 litre screw top plastic bottles that have been thoroughly cleaned and dried. Make sure you leave a 5cm gap at the top.
  5. Leave for a week four weeks and then drink.

Makes: 5 litres

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