Recipe: Sparkling Elderflower & Rose by Louise at Elderberry Grove
Its June. At the farm Samyl elderflowers are first to bloom just as the wild roses by our home are slowing down. Its a wonderful time to meld these two herbal medicines and make a refreshing bubbly drink!
🌸 Gathering 10-20 elderflower cymes. Removed green stems.
🌸 Then get a couple handfuls of wild roses.
🌸 Place flowers in jar that can hold atleast 2.5L.
🌸 Slice a few lemons.
🌸 Measure 250g sugar or 220g honey.
🌸 Fill jar with ingredients, add 2.5L water and stir
🌸 Cover jar with cloth and secure tightly with elastic.
🌸 Place in sun or warm spot.
🌸 Stir daily and ferment for 3-5 days. (3 days if its warmer, 5 if its cooler).
🌸When its tasting good its ready, strain and drink.
🌸 To increase bubblyness (yes more sparkling please!!), pour into swing top bottles or plastic pop bottles, close and refrigerate for a day or so.
Enjoy over next few days!
🍃I hope these blooms remind you of the hope of renewal that Spring brings and their beauty awakens a little bit of wonder and connection with nature ~ louise
🌼 Photo 1: brown circular basket filled with fresh pink wild rose petals and elderflower clusters. Behind grows Sweet Cicely's green ferny leaves.
🌼 Photo 2: on grass sits a large clear glass jar filled with water, lemon, sugar, rose and elderflower. Behind is rose bush.
🌼 Photo 3: close up of open jar filled with elderflowers and roses.