Elderflower Fizz

by a smart reader

July 2012

 

I found this wonderful recipe out of a book....The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Bremness.

Elderflower Fizz
Elder-flowers must be picked on a dry, sunny day as the yeast is mainly in the pollen.

5 quarts water
31/2 cups sugar
juice and thinly peeled rind of 1 lemon
2 tbsp cider or wine vinegar
12 elderflower heads.

1. Bring the water to a boil. Pour into a sterilized container; (note I used large glass bowels, because metal can kill wild yeast) add the sugar, stirring until dissolved.

2. When cool, add the juice and rind of the lemon, vinegar and elderflowers. Cover with several layers of cheesecloth and leave for 24 hours.

3. Filter through cheesecloth into strong bottles. This drink is ready after 2 weeks. Serve chilled.

Note I doubled my recipe to make 1 gallon.

This recipe is so refreshing. I used apple cider vinegar with the mother. I does taste so great! Enjoy.

 

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