The country roads in the Netherlands are dotted with beautiful elder trees, and the elderflowers are in full bloom right now. The blooming white elderflowers not only look and smell very pleasant but also have a fruity and floral taste. Here is a quick but simple recipe for a sparkling glass of elderflower lemonade.
Preparation: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Chill: 1 hour
5-8 fully bloomed large elderflowers
500ml cold water
1 lemon, washed and sliced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 liter sparkling mineral water
Lemon slices for garnish
Pick nice young flower heads on your morning walk. Use the flowers promptly or the aroma will change and become unpleasant.
Wash and gently shake the elderflowers.
Place water, sugar, lemon slices and vinegar in a large pot, along with the flowers. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.
Strain through a fine sieve and let the mixture cool for an hour.
When ready to serve, pour chilled sparkling mineral water into the elderflower mixture.
Garnish with a slice of lemon.
You can also make a larger quantity of elderflower mixture, place it in plastic bottles and freeze for some days. The elderflower mixture stays good for at least 2-3 weeks.
Recipe adapted from chloeandisabel.com