Everywhere around us, like in most parts of Europe, the Elder is flowering magnificently. And everywhere around us, also like in many places, people are picking the flowers to make delicious drinks out of them, or to make yummy fritters or pancakes, or to dry them for an aromatic winter tea…
Here are two recipes that we like and are producing ourselves these days, so that we may be able to enjoy the power of this flower the rest of the year:
Fizzly Elder Drink:
For 10 liters of water, pick 10 flowers, add 1 kg of sugar, juice of 1 lemon (with zest), 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of lemon salt or lemon concentrate. Let this concoction sit for 3 to 4 days at normal room temperature and then bottle (this could be simple plastic or glass bottles.) Drink as is! It fizzles, which makes it irresistible!
For every 1 liter of water, add 15 flowers and 3 lemons (with the zest of 1 of them). Let this sit in the sun for 1 or 2 days. Heat up this juice and add 0.75 – 1.0 kg of sugar. Bottle in clean glass bottles that can close well. Add water to taste when you drink it. This is truly nectar for the Gods.
Enjoy with us this taste of early summer and wait for the Elder berries which make a very nice, vitamin-C loaded cordial as well!