Posts tagged ‘elder’

2012, October 28

Recipe of the Month: Elder Flower Syrup

As you might have read in my travel article on Milliver’s Travels, “Romanian road trip, just for the fun of it”, we drove by a house on top of one hill where I noticed Elders in full bloom. They weren’t in bloom back in the city anymore but liked the different weather up in the mountains.

I asked for us to stop and went up to the people living there, asking nicely to let me pick some flowers to dry. (Since I’m not supposed to have medication, Elder flower/berry tea is very much a part of my war plan against the sniffles.) It turned into a lovely chat where we swapped recipes for Elder flower lemonade, and I learned a new recipe for Elder flower syrup.

By the end of our chat I had a big bag of flowers to take home to dry, plus try the following syrup recipe (which turned out lovely and very flavorful).

Who would’ve thought I’d take home a brand-new recipe I learned on the top of a mountain?

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Elder Flower Syrup

about 50 elder flowers 
4 lemons, washed and cut in half
2-3 tablespoons lemon salt
5 liters water
5 kg sugar
syrup preservative

Place the Elder flowers into a five liter glass or plastic bottle. Add the lemons (cut them up more if they don’t fit through the opening), lemon salt and pour the water over it.

Place the lid on, and leave in a cool place for 48 hours.

Filter after two days into a large pot, add the sugar and syrup preservative, then mix until they’re all dissolved. You should have a smooth syrup by the time you are finished.

Pour in smaller bottles and store in a cool place. 

 

Happy drinking ;)

2011, May 29

Recipe of the month: Rose lemonade & Elder flowers lemonade

You may have noticed that I forgot to post a recipe last month. So this month I’m cheating a bit making up for that by providing sort of two recipes.

These are my favorite summer drinks :)

page rose lemonade

Rose lemonade

7 liters water
1100 grams sugar
1 lemon’s grated peels
2-3 lemons’ squeezed juice
3-4 fragrant Roses’ petals

 

Elder flowers lemonade

7 liters water
1100 grams sugar
1 lemon’s grated peels
2-3 lemons’ squeezed juice
6-7 Elder flowers

 

Preparation:

Warm up the water, dissolve the sugar in it, then let it cool until lukewarm.
Wash the Elder flowers or Rose petals and place them in a glass jar (or other kind of recipient with a large enough opening) along with the lemon peels and lemon juice.
Pour the sugared water into the jar over the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cover with a gauze or similar fabric so air can get through.
Leave this to mature (ferment?) for around 5-7 days (possibly less if you place it in the sun), stirring 2-3 times daily.
When ready, filter and keep it in an open bottle in the fridge as your drink will be slightly carbonated, so a tightly closed bottle might explode.

Note: the more flowers/petals you add, the stronger your drink will become, so you can adjust the recipe to your liking.
Depending on your personal taste, you can add more lemon juice to the Elder flowers lemonade.

Happy drinking ;)

PS: I just made Rose lemonade today, can’t wait to drink some at the end of the week!

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