by Andreas Hunkeler
To me, elderflower syrup smells like childhood. And after summer. Probably everyone has a drink that brings back childhood memories.
I am happy to share the recipe that my whole family has been using for many years.
- 5 kg of sugar
- 2 to 2,5 lemons, ideally organic
- 30 - 40 fresh elderflower
- 50 g citric acid
You can find the elderflower between May and July. My family swears by the fact that when you harvest the elderflower it makes a difference if the sun is shining directly on it. For the syrup, we only use the flowers that are directly exposed to sunlight during harvest.
What else do you need:
- a saucepan or other large, heat-resistant container
- a fine sieve
- Bottles for filling
And now the recipe:
- Optional: wash the flowers. For me it is enough if I check the flowers for insects and collect them away. I only use flowers from the forest or from our garden. These flowers are clean enough for me. If you wash the flowers off, some of the pollen and aroma will be lost.
- Cut the lemons into thick slices.
- Pour 1.5 liters of boiling water over all ingredients.
- Cover and leave all ingredients to stand for three days, stirring frequently.
- Bring to the boil.
- Sieve the hot brew into bottles and close immediately.
If that is too complicated for you - or you would like to have an elderberry drink spontaneously - you can put a fresh elderflower in a jug with fresh water. After a few hours you will have a refreshing elderberry water! You can then simply drink the elderberry water as a cold infusion.