Elderflower Champagne


To make 14 litres/3 gallons you will need:-
  • 10-12 elderflowers heads
  • 2 large lemons, juice and zest
  • 900g white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


  1. Pick the elderflowers on a sunny day when they are in full bloom and check for any bugs or bits. 
  2. Put the sugar into a large jug or bowl and pour over enough hot water to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon juice and zest and the vinegar.
  3. Pour into a sterilised bucket, add the flowerheads and make up the liquid to approximately 14 litres/3 gallons.
  4. Cover with a clean teatowel or lid and leave for three days, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain the liquid through a muslin-lined sieve into a large jug and then pour into sterilsed bottles and seal tightly. 
  6. Store laid on their sides - the drink will be ready in about two weeks when it will be very fizzy!

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