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In search of… Elderflower Champagne | Recipe

Elderflower Liquer

You know how Spring just creeps up on you? The dark mornings suddenly slip in to the ether and at 7am it’s light?

Well that’s what Elderflowers are like. They’re in full bloom in June and then bam! Suddenly all that remains are Elderberries. Deliciously jammy and purple, and an excellent metahpor for old ladies’ nipples… but sweet, delicate, yeasty Elderflowers – they are not.

For four years I have failed to find myself plucking the pretty little heads of these bashful blossoms down at the park, or outside of Tesco. I just manage to miss them every bloody year.

This year, it’s March for christ’s sake, I’m determined to catch them in full bloom, because I want, nay, I NEED to make a great big batch of Elderflower Champagne.

Yes! The yeast of the Elderflowers reacts magnificently with sugar and makes bottle blowing bombtastic Elderflower Champagne. Wild Fizz, it should be called and maybe mine will.

So I’ve been researching, trying to find an easy to follow, but comprehensive, Elderflower Champagne recipe, or guide. So far each one I’ve read is different, but the more I read, the more I learn. I’ve collated a few recipes / methods below, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. I could do with some help if there are any experts out there? Links, suggestions, experience, recipes… anything!

Elderflower Champagne recipes / methods:

Farm in my PocketElderflower Champagne: An exciting recipe with buckets and all… I’m not sure there’s enough instruction here for a novice home brewer.

Allotment.orgElderflower Champagne: Exactly right, accdording to Patricia Stockham… whoever she is. Can she be trusted?

Guardian – How to Make Elderflower Champagne: The favourite recipe thus far – although there’s a few controversial comments. See? This is why I need your advice people.

Elderflower Champagne

 
John Wright’s elderflower champagne. Photograph: John Wright
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click here to be taken to the Elderflower Champagne recipe I settled on.
 

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6 thoughts on “In search of… Elderflower Champagne | Recipe

  1. I found another method: http://h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A593363

    Posted by Champagne Piggy | March 12, 2012, 7:30 pm
  2. It’s delicious, isn’t it Tawnya? Do you use St. Germain with your bubbly, or something else? x

    Posted by Champagne Piggy | March 11, 2012, 10:09 pm
    • We definitely use St Germain… it’s such a fantastic drink and a beautiful bottle as well. We love the recipes they have on their website.

      Our new new French bubbly (Le Grande Courtâge) is very crisp and light so the St. Germain goes fantastically.

      As a matter of fact, I think that’s what we’ll have this afternoon ;) Cheers!

      Posted by Tawnya Falkner | March 11, 2012, 10:18 pm
      • Cheers! Haven’t tried Le Grande Courtâge, but it sounds delicious, especially with the addition of Elderflower. St Germain’s bottles are gorgeous, I like their cheeky advertising too. Oo err!

        Posted by Champagne Piggy | March 12, 2012, 7:13 pm
  3. One of our favorite combos with our new French bubbly… Love elderflower!

    Posted by Tawnya Falkner | March 11, 2012, 8:18 pm

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