We have elderflowers growing in the garden – I recognised the elderberries at the back end of last season, and thought I should look out for the flowers. I see them every (ahem) morning when I open the bedroom curtains – they’re the white specs in the middle of this photo.
Seeing that Manda had made elderflower champagne – she’s written about it here, and has a recipe here. At first I thought that elderflower champagne was going to be a little complicated, what with finding suitable bottles, so resolved to make elderflower cordial instead, following this recipe.
The recipe sent me to Wilcos in search of citric acid, from their ever-smaller homebrew shelves, but while I was there, I saw they had a machine for putting crown caps on bottles. I’d assumed it would be complicated and expensive, but i fact it was under a fiver. Now the only thing standing in the way of making elderflower champagne is empty beer bottles, and I’m sure I’ll be able to manage to make some of those.
Home again to boil water, make sugar syrup, peel lemons, etc.
The mix is steeping for 24 hours now, but already tastes fantastic. If you have seen any elderflowers growing anywhere near you, I urge you go and make this! It’s dead simple and tastes gorgeous. And so cheap compared to commercial elderflower cordials.
Now off to sterilize a bucket to make champagne too!