Friday, June 15, 2012

If it's June, we must drink elderflower champagne.

We arrived at the house yesterday and the first thing I did was check the elderflower champagne. One year it turned moldy instead of delightfully effervescent (rain had washed away the naturally occurring yeast in the pollen), and I've feared a repeat ever since. Not to worry! Both batches were fizzy and smelled deliciously of the essence of elderflower.

This morning I strained and bottled nine liters, and already the bottles are filling up with carbonation. This batch will be ready to drink within a few days.

I'll bring a few bottles to NH for Mum's birthday lunch next week. I'm thinking cocktails with St. Germaine and homemade elderflower champagne. Garnished with a strawberry from Sarah's garden, perhaps?


At June 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM , Blogger Robert said...

Looks beautiful! And yummy. And the strawberry serving suggestion sounds perfect to enhance without distracting from the elderberriness.

Happy birthday to Mum!!

At July 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM , Anonymous Rosie said...

Hi Ellen, how do you actually make it? I'd love to try. Apologies if this is covered earlier in your blog.

At July 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

Hi Rosie, here's the recipe for you:


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