For several weeks I have been eagerly watching a shrub in the field behind my garden, waiting for its flower buds to swell and burst open, not for horticultural appreciation and not for floral display, nor am I waiting to press them in leather bound volumes of classic literature. These buds hold the secret to an elegant summer afternoon spent relaxing even in the midst of austere times with a champagne flute in hand, for these are the buds of the Elderflower.
Flowering begins in late May to early June and that means I can try out a new
recipe that I've been holding onto for Elderflower Champagne. Just
to make things a little more exciting, the unpredictable Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall Recipe I
will be using has a reputation for going bang!
Now, my favourite summer soft drink happens to come in the perfect thick glass bottle in
which to store my elderflower champagne. ‘La Mortuacienne’ is the most
delightful fizzy pop dubbed the Queen of Lemonades in France. They have been
making a variety of flavoured syrups and carbonated drinks since 1921 that have
a swing top stopper which makes it easier to release the gas pressure as the
So as I gather my ingredients and post my progress I encourage you to join me in a champagne making extravaganza so we may sit back on lawns and compare libations. Lets make Elderflower shampoo!