Elderflower Champaign – A Czech Grandmother’s recipe

Elderflowers lane

Elderflowers bloom along the paths between the fields around our village.  With a basket in hand we head out to gather flowers for a delightful summer drink.

Elderflower Champaign

A Czech Grandmother’s recipe

5 litres boiling water
1 kg. white sugar
10 heads of elderflowers
2 teaspoons citric acid
1/2 cup vinegar

Dissolve sugar in water; add lemons, elderflowers and vinegar. Cover loosely with a tea towel and leave on a sunny window sill. After 3 days, strain and bottle. Use capped beer bottles or plastic carbonated water bottles. The drink will become naturally carbonated in about 2 weeks
Will keep for up to a year.

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