Elderflower Sparkle Recipe

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 Updated 05/05/2017

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A very refreshing drink. Traditionally a very popular drink in rural England.


  • 5 clean, large heads of elderflower picked at their peak
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2 large lemons
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Make sure that the flowers are clean and free of insects.
  2. Place them with the sugar, water and vinegar in a large plastic bin.
  3. Add the juice of the lemons.
  4. Cover the bin and leave in a warm place for 24 hours.
  5. Stir five times during this period.
  6. Strain the liquid and pour into strong, sterile screw top beer bottles.
  7. The drink will become fizzy.
  8. Drink after 3 days.

Prep Time: 4 days plus

Cook Time: NA

Yield: 1 gallon


Just to point out this drink is alcoholic- the elderflower contains yeast, and alcohol is produced with the fizz. obviously the alcohol content will be low after just a few days, but probably best not to drink too much of it if you're driving!
#6 - donko - 06/23/2008 - 06:57
Great recipe Carol. Many thanks!
#5 - Mary - 10/10/2007 - 08:40
To make elderflowers fritters you will need:
Elerflower heads (retain stalks for dipping)
4 tablespoons flour, 1 egg, 1 1/2 cupfulls water, oil for frying and granulated sugar for dusting.
Make a batter with the flour, egg and water.
Dip flowerhead in the batter mix. (Use the stalk to hold onto so you can keep your fingers clean for the next one).
Shake off excess batter and deep fry until golden brown.
Dip flowerhead into sugar, eat them while they are warm and sweet. They are a reminder that summer is just around the corner. Trust me they taste great and not just for the kids!!!
#4 - carol - 10/10/2007 - 07:40
It should be used within about 4 weeks.
#3 - Cookie - 06/15/2007 - 10:59
Once bottled, how long will the elderflower sparkle keep ?
#2 - Amanda Baggaley - 06/11/2007 - 03:28
As far as I know, an elderflower fritter is made from heads of elderflower, shaken well to get rid of insects etc., dipped in a fritter batter which is: 4oz flour, 1/4 pint milk, 1 egg, pinch salt, then deep fried. If anyone has a recipe please post it here!
#1 - Mary - 06/02/2007 - 15:12
have you got a recipe for elderflower
#0 - chris derwent - 06/02/2007 - 10:35
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