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Is this Elderflower?

TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

I'd love to make something with Elderflower this year. Is this it? Does anyone have any  fab recipes? Thanks muchly x







  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,195
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,989

    That is elderflower and we have just made 2 bottles of yummy cordial using that BBC recipe.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I'll have to give it a go then. Is it best now, or should I wait until the flowers are more open?


  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,366

    The flowers make elderberry cordial or champagne and the berries make a good wine.

    The birds like them tooimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,989

    Use the open flowers, not the buds, but before the flowers lose their fragrance and start releasing pollen. If you shake the flower and it stays firm and no powder or bits fly off then it's OK.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I made elderflower wine a few years ago, if you do it right (which I didn't) you can make 'champagne' out of it.  It was still very nice though and I still have a couple of bottle maturing. I think I need to take up my wine making again image

    Elderflower cordial sounds lovely, might go and see if I can find some elderflowers tomorrow, there's usually loads up the lane image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,504

    When we get the garage sorted out so we have a bit of space, I shall start wine-making again -  used to really enjoy it image

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  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Me too Dove, even if OH did moan about the yeast smell in the kitchen.  The best I've made was blackberry and apple, had a good night on that with some friends and the added bonus of no hangover because there is no rubbish in it image I've got about half a dozen Demi-johns full in the garage that are still clearing, I'm  going to filter them and try them next weekend I think.

    I might make some more this fact I might try making some elderflower 'champagne' again image

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Champagne?! I'll have me a go at making that! Errrrm, where do I start? anyone got any tried and tested instructions Please??

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    My friends made some delicious elderflower champagne a few years back.  Non-alcoholic and very refreshing.  I can ask them for their recipe when I get home if you like.

    We also tasted the cider we made in October last week.  Very dry, very strong, very pale and very morish!

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