My mother used to make Elderflower Champagne, an ostensibly non-alcoholic drink that used to explode with fizziness – I mean literally explode! One went in the boot of the car on our way to the beach, one exploded in storage, all rather messy. I made some many years ago but it proved too gassy for me, indeed, had it not been in plastic fizzy bottles it would have exploded too.
However, my daughter suggested making elderflower cordial which uses citric acid to kill the yeast, so no fizz. I missed the elderflower last year but harvested early this year.
I used the River Cottage recipe and it is rather lovely, tasty and light but a bit sweet. I think I’ll use less sugar next year. So, anyone visiting can be offered a drink of home made elderflower.