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Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial recipe

Served over ice, elderflower cordial is the essence of English summer. This easy recipe makes enough for four standard (750ml) wine bottles but is simple to scale up, and can be used to make sorbet, ice cream, fruit jellies and other summer delights.  The cordial can be kept for four to six weeks in the fridge or for a whole year in the freezer, but if you want to store it for longer on the shelf it can be preserved using camden tablets. For a l...
Elderberry wine recipe: elder & black

Elderberry wine recipe: elder & black

Elderberry wine is very rich and port-like, but this recipe blends it with blackberries to give a lighter wine without sacrificing flavour. This article assumes you have some basic homebrewing skills under your belt – if you’ve not tried wine making before, we suggest you start off with elderflower wine or brewing from a kit to learn the basics. Elder trees are native to Britain, and the clusters of glossy blue-black berries are irre...
How to make elderflower champagne from cordial

How to make elderflower champagne from cordial

Elderflower champagne is easy to make from elderflower cordial, sugar and yeast. Although it isn’t quite as aromatic as the fresh version, if you didn’t have a glass of the fresh stuff to compare it with, you’d never know the difference! If you want to make elder flower champagne out of season, or don’t have elders growing nearby, this is the easiest way to do it. We recommend using plastic bottles for this recipe as glas...
Getting started in homebrew

Getting started in homebrew

...to buy a lot of equipment to start home brewing! If you just want to try making a simple brew, you can make our elderflower champagne recipe with nothing more than a clean saucepan and some empty lemonade bottles – all the rest of it is food ingredients. When you make a more serious start, though, you’ll need to buy some simple equipment such as demijohns (one-gallon jars, usually glass), airlocks and sterilising powder. You’ll...
Nettle beer: celtic home brew for beginners

Nettle beer: celtic home brew for beginners

...r days to get going, and then skim off any froth before pouring it into sterilised bottles, as described in our elderflower champagne recipe. Keep an eye on the pressure, and your nettle beer should be ready to drink in as little as seven days – just chill it when you think the sweetness is about right. Nettle beer – malted version A bit messier to make than the unmalted version, and amber rather than green in the glass. The taste is...
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