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Blog » How to make elderflower champagne: Brew Your Own

How To Make Your Own Elderflower Champagne - Following the recent warm spell, the elderflowers are out. Harvesting this natural hedgerow bounty you can, with care, make excellent sparkling elderflower champagne or cordial - perfect for summer entertaining.

Elderflower Champagne
Elderflowers - about 7-10 good heads
700g sugar
5 litres of boiling water
2 lemons - juice and zest
2 tbsp white wine vinegar


Equipment: Fermenting bucket (sterilized), muslin for covering and straining, funnel, strong swing top bottles (or champagne bottles with stoppers and wire cages).

Method: Disolve sugar in hot water in clean fermenting bucket. Wait for syrup to cool then add other ingredients, stir (sterilized spoon) and cover with muslin for a few days. Check to ensure fermentation taking place, leave for 3 or 4 more days then strain into clean swing top bottles. Store in a cool place.

Tips:

  • collect elderflowers that have had the sun on them which will give good natural wild yeasts if you are making elderflower champagne
  • don't forget to shake off insects before adding to sugar syrup!
  • pick only those with a pleasant smell (it does make a difference!)
  • use a pinch of yeast if the flowers are not fermenting by themselves after a few days
  • make sure all equipment and bottles have been sterilized
  • use strong bottles - either good quality swing top bottles or champagne bottles (with champagne stoppers/corks and wire cages)
  • store bottles in a cool place
  • serve chilled