Elderflower Champagne Recipe

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Sweet Homemade Fizzy Champagne

Sometimes you’ll have the trickiest time finding an Elder tree and other times they’ll make an appearance just when you need them most – late spring when their clusters of flowers are blooming. Such was the case when I discovered an Elder tree while picnicking near the mountain course while watching the TT races.

I picked about 15 of the creamy flower heads on the way back to the car and have already started making one of the most delicious summer beverages ever – Elderflower Champagne. It’s a sweet, flowery bubbly perfect for summer gatherings.

Elderflower Champagne: Pick Elderflowers in early summer to make this sweet sparkling wine

Elderflower Champagne: Pick Elderflowers in early summer to make this sweet sparkling wine

ELDERFLOWER CHAMPAGNE

10-20 Elderflower heads
900g / 4.5 cups Sugar
1 litre / 4.25 cups White Grape Juice
3 Lemons, washed
Sachet of Champagne Yeast (1 tsp) – don’t use bread yeast, it won’t work for this recipe
Yeast Nutrient
3.75 litres / 15 cups Boiled water, allowed to cool to room temperature.

1. Using a fork, remove all the elderflowers from the stalks and mix in a bowl with the sugar. Leave them for 2-3 hours and mash the mixture up with the fork as you mix, every 20 minutes or so. What you’re doing here is infusing the sugar with the Elderflower fragrance and flavour.

2. After the 2-3 hours, add the water and stir until the sugar has fully dissolved. Then add the white grape juice, yeast and yeast nutrient.

3. Halve the lemons and squeeze the juice into the bowl – then toss the lemon halves in as well. 4. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave for 5 days, stirring occasionally. It starts fermenting at this time and if you add it to the demi-john too early it can create a mess!

5. After the 5 days, siphon into a sterilised demi-john (carboy) and fit an airlock to it. Leave the mixture to ferment for about 1-2 weeks or until the bubbles in the airlock slow down to a standstill. You should keep the champagne in a room with the temperature recommended on the yeast packet.

6. Siphon into sterilised plastic drinks bottles after 1010 is reached and leave for a few weeks to ferment further. This further fermentation is what will give it it’s fizz! This is also why you should use plastic drinks bottles because glass bottles, though lovely to look at, can explode if you’re not careful.

7. Serve the Elderflower Champagne chilled and enjoy the taste of summer!

Pick sweet Elderflowers in June and July and use them to make a delicious sparkling wine perfect for celebrating the summer #elderflower

Pick sweet Elderflowers in June and July and use them to make a delicious sparkling wine perfect for celebrating the summer
 

6 Discussion to this post

  1. Mo and Steve says:

    Great post, and a nice recipe 🙂
    I loved watching the TT when I lived on Man – the whole atmosphere on the Island was great.
    Enjoy your champers, Mo

  2. Nice to have you over at Sall's Country Life. We've always wanted to try wine making! May have to try your rhubarb recipe as elderflower is not grown around here. Anxious to tap into more of your blog, I think there will lots of things here I enjoy!

  3. garden girl says:

    That sounds really good Tanya! I've been making kefir, fermented vegetables, and kombucha for the last several months. Wine might be next. I'm really interested in trying my hand at making mead, and your elderflower champagne sounds really good too.

  4. Leigh says:

    Looks like a recipe to try. Our elder bushes are doing pretty well; growing and spreading. I'm hoping for a whole hedge eventually!

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