12 freshly picked heads of elderflower, remove the flowers with a fork
3 unwaxed organic lemons, zest and juice
550g golden granulated sugar dissolved in 1 litre of hot water, leave to cool.
2 litres of cold water
Container I used a bowl scalded first with boiling water. It came from an old Kenwood chef
Combine everything in the bowl and stir. Cover with a plate and leave for 2 days
If there are no bubbles forming after this time this may mean that the natural yeasts on the elderflowers are not cooperating in which case add 1/2 tsp dried bakers yeast. leave for another few days then strain and bottle put the tops on to keep fruit flies out.
I use Grolsch bottles as they are strong. Ordinary glass bottles are reputed to explode!!
I have used plastic fruit juice bottles. You can tell when the pressure is building as the bottom of the plastic bottle domes out. The pressure can be released a bit by unscrewing the lid. I prefer not to use plastic in case the bottles were meant for single use and start leaching chemicals.
It should be ready to drink after about 3 weeks. You can leave it for longer but it will get drier. After that put it somewhere cool. It keeps for months.
Serve over ice with a slice of lemon ro use it in a cocktail. Cheers!