Saturday, May 28, 2011

It's time to make elder blossom syrup.

First you take your favorite basket with you and snip twelve or so blossoms off the bush (I use maybe twenty blossoms - I like it strong).

Place them in a large and lovely bowl (lovely for your benefit) and pour four liters of boiling water over them. Add the juice of four lemons. Cover and let sit for two days, stirring occasionally.

Clip cheesecloth to the sides of the biggest pot you have, and pour the infusion through it. Add four kilos of sugar and bring to a boil, stirring now and then.

While you're waiting for it to boil you need to do two things:

Boil water and pour it over and into your sparkling clean bottles.
Have a glass of wine (again, for your benefit).

As soon as your syrup is boiling, have muscle man pour it into the hot, empty bottles. Close.

This will stay good for six months to a year. How to drink it? Pour a little in a glass and add ice-cold water to taste.
Served in a martini glass, it easily replaces an alcoholic beverage for those who prefer staying away from the hooch.


Michael Rowland said...

That looks sooooooo good, I bet it tastes great! M

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Allison, this looks sooo good. I have heard of elder blossom but didn't know what it looked like. It looks a little like queen anne's lace. Your bottles are wonderful. I found a store a few towns over that sells really neat canning jars and bottles very similar to yours.

texwisgirl said...

you are little miss country martha stewart, aren't you?! that is very cool!

Out on the prairie said...

A lovely treat, it sounds almost like a pioneer recipe.What is the origin?

Nancy said...

A terrific post and love the tutorial. I wonder what other blossoms could be used in place of elderberry? Going on a google search!

Have a lovely weekend, Allison. :)

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful!
I love the bottles you charming!

lilabraga said...

Love It!

Meg said...

Great, now there's yet *another* plant I want to add to my list. ;) Thanks for the tutorial. I love your bottles and little tag. Very nice touch!

Pam said...

Sounds delightful but a tad to much effort on my part so I just stopped at "have a glass of wine". Cheers, to you and Muscle man, Alli.

Pam i am I think #@!

Joe said...

Allison, this is one of the things I love about your blog...I'm always learning new things :). I'd never heard of elder blossom syrup. Sounds like it would be awesome.

Trisha said...

I love when you teach me something new!! I have never heard of this! :D

Ola said...

wow, my mum was doing something similiar from these flowers but the color was definitely darker - almost dark. Sounds perfect!