The elderberry bushes are blooming.
I found a recipe for elderflower wine or elderflower champagne.
D cut 100 small blossoms from our elderberry plants.
I laid them out on newspaper to give critters time to leave.
I cut off some of the stems.
That wasn't in the recipe, but it seemed like a good idea.
I dissolved 3 pounds of sugar in two gallons of water.
Added the juice of three lemons and six slices of lemon from those large lemons.
Four tablespoons of cider vinegar came next.
I added the trimmed, de-bugged elderflowers.
The pot is now resting, covered, in the front hall.
After 36 hours, it gets strained and put into soda bottles.
I used a stainless steel pot, stainless steel colander, and a old sheer curtain.
Everything was first sterilized with bleach.
It is a lovely color.
It's very syrupy. I hope it mellows.
It should be ready in about three weeks.
The recipes I found suggest that you check periodically to see if carbonation is building up.
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