The flowers of the elderberry plant - Sambucus nigra - are tiny pale stars. Thousands of the small blossoms form intensely aromatic galaxies this time of year, and if you're lucky, you'll come across some. I use mine to infuse vodka.
Ideas to use up my fresh lavender. Lavender Lemonade recipe 2 cups water cup sugar cup agave nectar (or honey) 3 Tbsp dried lavender 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 cups water 1 lemon, sliced (for garnish)
Soooo, while researching Cornwall, I see this nifty lil site that has recipes. Lo and behold, it gets better- a section that says Main ingredient: BOOZE! so here is a nice Elderflower Vodka. Anyone else wanna give it a go?
Another traditional elder drink is the elderblossom cordial, a wild ferment, that usually has citrus in it. I'll pin a few recipes. Taste frequently--in hot weather these ferments can quickly become really intense.
mint blueberry lemonade Ingredients 3 cups blueberries cups sugar 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 cups cold water Ice cubes Directions Place the blueberries and sugar in a blender and puree. Place the lemon juice and water in a pitcher an
Homemade Lemonade (double this recipe to make the 12 cups you will need) 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice to 1 cup sugar or a sugar substitute. (You can add more or less depending on how you like it!) 6 cups water - and
Recipe for Elderflower and Vanilla Jelly - so good you'll want to eat it out of the jar! If you want elderflowers with strong fragrance go with the European cultivars. They grow well in my area of central NJ. I ship flowers in season.