Elderflower Lemonade

(makes 10 litres)

The magic of this drink is that the elderflowers contain a natural yeast to ferment it – even if the flowers are dried or frozen! If using fresh flowers then pick them each morning before they have attracted those little black bugs that love the pollen and nectar on the flowers.

4 heads of freshly picked or dried flowers

4 cups rapadura or honey

4 tbsp cider vinegar or whey

3 chopped whole lemons

2 litres hot water

8 litres cold water

Place hot water in a sterilised stainless steel bucket and dissolve the rapadura or honey

Add all the remaining ingredients and leave for 24 hours, covered well with a cloth

Strain bottle and cap. We prefer to use Grolsh beer bottles with the flip top lids which are easy to reseal if you are part way through a bottle