Dandelion elder flower champagne is a Spring favorite of mine… Elder flowers are in bloom for such a short time that this is truly an herbal delicacy. It's really easy to make. I'm not sure if anyone else makes this… Elder flower champagne is a widespread favorite but I only added dandelion flowers on a whim for the first time last year. I was so pleased with the result. It's “sunnier” and brighter than Elder flower champagne (which is already absolutely delicious.) This year I'd like to try adding orange slices and see how it goes.
Dandelion Elder Flower Champagne
- 3/4 gallon distilled water
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 lemons
- 1/2 cup dandelion petals (just the yellow part)
- 8 elder flower heads
- 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- Pour 1/4 gallon of distilled water into another container, then add the other ingredients into the jug with the 3/4 gallon that's left. Seal it and shake it up to combine everything.
- Take the cap off and put a coffee filter over the top. Secure it with a rubber band.
- Leave it in a warm, dark, clean area for 3 days – you can gently shake it a couple times a day.
- When you start hearing “fizz,” strain it and put it in an airtight container with a screw cap.
- Put it back in the warm area and “burp” the lid every 12 hours.
- When it's as carbonated as you want it you can put it in the fridge. It's so good!
You're going to love it. As with any fermentation project, keep an eye on things to avoid exploding bottles, bugs, and that sort of thing.
What are your favorite springtime recipes?