Sparkling Elderflower Wine

"Something a little different that I found in a cook book of mine. Sounds very easy and well worth trying! Times are rest times until drinkable."
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Ready In:
24hrs 10mins
1 batch




  • Rinse the elderberry flowers- they must be just in bloom.
  • Cut the lemon into thin slices and mix with the flowers and the remaining ingredients in a reasonably large container.
  • Stir.
  • Cover the container and leave in a warm place.
  • The juice can be drunk after 24 hours.
  • If necessary add lemon and honey to taste.
  • After 2-3 days the drink will begin to effervesce.
  • Then sieve, put into screwtop bottles and store in a dark room.
  • The juice will turn into sparkling wine in around 4 weeks.

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