ELDER FLOWER CHAMPAGNE

An aromatic sparkling drink with many medicinal values.

As I mentioned in my earlier post here, Elder flower is absolutely a wonderful aromatic and medicinal herb that has been used by ancient people, tracing back to Roman times to make healthy drinks. Elder flower was a perfect candidate to make "champagne" or cordial not only because it's healthy but it also contain natural yeast on the blossom that creates a tasty fermentation.



I have been making this "Champagne" since a while and this year I tried with a twist of spruce needle as an additional ingredient. The final drink was a sour sparkling drink. I didn't really like my "Champagne" to be sour so I will omit spruce in this recipe and will just follow the original or traditional style.



NOW LET'S JUMP INTO THE RECIPE:


Ingredients:


  • 30 g elder flowers (fresh)

  • 1 liter of non chlorinated water

  • 4 tablespoons brown or raw sugar

  • 3 slices of lemon

  • Glass jar (1 Liter)


Pick some fresh elder flowers that grow away from busy streets. If you see some bugs on the flowers, shake it a few times so they can drop to the ground or escape by flying away. You shouldn't be washing the flowers because it will remove the naturally occurring yeast on the blossom. We need this yeast for the fermentation.