Elderflower syrup

The sunny smell of elderflowers belongs to early summers. It is easily to save this wonderful aroma by making elderflower syrup.

  • Pick flowers from elderflower bushes/trees far away from traffic. Do not wash them because you need the aromatic pollen, too.
  • Put the flowers in a pot and add lemon slices. Pour water to cover the flowers and the lemon. Measure and note how much water you used.
  • Soak the flowers for 2 days, press them with a plate to keep them under water. Stir occasionally.
  • After 2 days filter the elderflower-water through a sieve.
  • Add 70 g sugar and 15 g (about 3 teaspoon) citric acid per liter and bring it to a boil.
  • Cool it down, add Atamon (or other preservative) to the syrup and pour it in bottles.

You can make ice tea of fresh elderflowers, ginger and lemon balm. It is also possible to dry the elderflowers for later use. Keep them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place after drying.