Homemade elderflower wine really isn’t a hard to make as you’d think and it’s pretty fun to do too. We discovered this a couple of years ago when I was planning small girls dedication party. We had the most amazing garden party with bunting, homemade yummy food and I had this idea of making elderflower wine. Now once I get an idea like that in my head I tend to make it happen.
Fortunately very near to us is a wonderful park that has lots of elderflower bushes. So one overcast afternoon this week we went on a family outing to the park with bags, buckets and scissors in hand:
Beautiful elderflowers in the park:
I can’t wait to try out the end result, the kitchen is smelling wonderful and I’ve got bubble appearing, demi-johns at the ready 🙂
- 1 litre boiling water
- 600g sugar
- 4 lemons
- 3 litres cold water
- 15 elderflower heads
- 1 tsp yeast
- Place the sugar in a bucket or large saucepan/tub. Dissolve with the boiling water.
- Zest and juice the 4 lemons and add to the liquid. Don't worry about the pips, these can go in as you will sieve it all later.
- Now told up with the cold water and add the elderflower head (after checking for bugs!).
- Add 1 tsp of yeast and give it a good stir.
- Leave it in a corner of the kitchen to ferment for 5-6 days. After 2 days it should start to go foamy on the top and bubbles will appear.
- Strain through a sieve lined with muslin or a clean teatowel.
- Pour into wine bottles/demi-johns to make wine or screw top bottles for a sparkling version. Seal and store.