Learn how to make this homemade Elderflower Bubbly Soda Pop Recipe.
Sodas based on elderflowers have been popular with homebrewers for at least two centuries. Elderflowers have a scent somewhat reminiscent of vanilla. To remove elderflowers from their stems, shake the flower clusters over a pail or rub the clusters between two hands. If that’s too much work, health-food stores carry dried elderflowers.
1 quart boiling water
3 to 4 cups elderflowers, stems removed
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Peel and juice of one lemon
3 quarts water
1/8 teaspoon yeast plus 1/4 cup water
Pour boiling water over elderflowers. Let steep overnight. Strain. Squeeze remaining liquid out of flowers. Discard flowers. To liquid, add sugar, vinegar, lemon peel and juice. Simmer 10 minutes. Proceed with steps 2 through 7 of the Tonic Root Beer Recipe. Makes eight 16-ounce bottles.
Kathryn Kingsbury is a Madison, Wisconsin-based freelance writer. She enjoys exploring local plant life and turning her kitchen into a culinary chemistry lab.
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