I’ve posted about making sloe gin in the autumn - now it’s time for some summer booze.
Even better, this time I am actually creating alcohol, not just flavouring it.
I am using this recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Channel 4. All recipes are a bit vague, as “a head” of flowers could be very variable. Get some flowers and some lemon and some sugar and some water. I found that I did have to add some real yeast. The mixture wasn’t really “bubbling” at any point, but when I lifted the lid it smelled like something was going on.
We left the elderflower soup in the bucket for a bit over a week, then filtered through a fine sieve and put into bottles. My father in law once broke a shed window with exploding elderflower, so do make sure to use bottles that can withstand some pressure.
A week or so later and this is what you get.
I find the taste quite odd at first, because it smells of elderflower but is not sweet – that’s how you can tell it has worked – the sugar has turned into fizz and alcohol.
I have no idea how alcoholic this stuff is, but it definitely feels like there is something there.
Actually I am also doing some flavouring – making some raspberry vodka with raspberries (get the orange-stickered “help, these are about to turn to mush” fresh ones) with sugar and cheapy vodka.