Elderflower Champagne

This year the hedgerows are a blaze of wild flowers all competing towards survival. The hedgerows are also ablaze with glistening white elderflowers, nothing can describe the distinctive smell that these delicate petals implode on your senses. We love to preserve the smell with this simple recipe:

1 gallon cold water

1/2 lb. sugar

7 elderflower heads

2 lemons

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Bring the water to the boil and pour over the sugar; when cold add the add the flowerheads, lemon slices and white wine vinegar. Cover and leave to stand 48hrs. Syphon off and bottle, using strong bottles. Cork well as this wine is very fizzy, true to its name. Farmers Weekly - Home Made Country Wines