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Wed 1-Jun-11
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grapecat
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we make elderflower wine religiously - it's fantastic stuff, and very easy. We use a pint, packed of flowers though

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Thanks for that detailed recipe and method, Ruth - and for the endorsement, Karly.

We plan to try Elderflower Vodka this year. F bought a litre of Waitrose own brand yesterday. No idea how it will turn out but she has seen it mentioned elsewhere on T'interweb.

Right now I am sipping a two year old damson vodka. Heaven.

The quandradry is how many of our elderflower blossoms we harvest now as opposed to harvesting the berries later on.

I have never tasted elderberry wine so this might be our year to try it.

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Ooh, My Dad used to make elderberry wine, although I admit I was only a wee child, it was rank, very strong tasting, which I imagine is the tannins. When I think what the cordial tastes like, which is obviously mainly sugar, I'd imagine it would make a rather heavy wine. will stick to the syrups and cordials (which I love) - and the jam.

He used to make a lovely white wine from parsnips

Thu 2-Jun-11
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Danny said:

Thanks for that detailed recipe and method, Ruth - and for the endorsement, Karly.

We plan to try Elderflower Vodka this year. F bought a litre of Waitrose own brand yesterday. No idea how it will turn out but she has seen it mentioned elsewhere on T'interweb.

Right now I am sipping a two year old damson vodka. Heaven.

The quandradry is how many of our elderflower blossoms we harvest now as opposed to harvesting the berries later on.

I have never tasted elderberry wine so this might be our year to try it.

 

wave Danny, elderberry wine benefits from being kept for a few years before it is drunk. I think that is why Janet found her father's brew so 'rank'.  I think it is great around 4 years after putting it away in the cupboard.....!! In fact an old friend of mine inherited the house belonging to her parents when they died & when clearing it out found a whole room filled with homemade wine made by her mother's father. We did a tasting of many of them & the very best was the ancient elderberry wine which was about 15 years old. 2nd best was rice wine of a similar age.

Boy did we have headaches that week.........!!

Strange coincidence I am making elderflower vodka this week. I have already made elderflower vinegar, using cider vinegar (this smells wonderful).  If we get the heat we are promised today I think there will be plenty of new flowers for the vodka today or tomorrow. 

 

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Thu 2-Jun-11
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I'm finding a lot that have that elderBERRY/cat pee smell, and very few with that ever so sweet frangrance...any tips - what happens if I use the cat pee ones?

Thu 2-Jun-11
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Terrier said:

what happens if I use the cat pee ones?

You hold your nose whilst drinking?  

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Thu 2-Jun-11
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Not usually, are you saying that if i use the cat pee smell ones, it'll taste like cat pee too? quickly going off this idea of elderflower champagne/cordial/wine, might just leave them all to become elderberries

Thu 2-Jun-11
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Was being flippant ............ unlike me I know

 

Sure someone who knows what they are talking about will give you a sensible answer.

 

Just one thing - the one and only time I made champagne (pear) used proper champagne bottles and caged corks.   The bottles didn't explode but they did fire the corks across the kitchen in a chain reaction, after about a year.

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Fri 3-Jun-11
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I wish I had seen that!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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Danny said:

Thanks for that detailed recipe and method, Ruth - and for the endorsement, Karly.

We plan to try Elderflower Vodka this year. F bought a litre of Waitrose own brand yesterday. No idea how it will turn out but she has seen it mentioned elsewhere on T'interweb.

Right now I am sipping a two year old damson vodka. Heaven.

The quandradry is how many of our elderflower blossoms we harvest now as opposed to harvesting the berries later on.

I have never tasted elderberry wine so this might be our year to try it.

I tried to make elderflower vodka last year, after we discovered how nice the St Germain elderflower liqueur was. I put vodka, elderflowers and sugar into a jug, left it for a few days then strained it into a bottle. I think I might have made it a bit strong so I tried various dilutions with different amounts of sugar added. I wasn't happy with the result but if you've got a recipe to work from then your results might be better than mine wink

I really must go and pick the elderflowers tomorrow. I've been too busy for the last week or so and I hope they're not past it yet.

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I picked some elderflowers yesterday, but they didn't all have that lovely fragrance, I'm not one for waste, so don't want to waste the lemons and sugar....anyone know the answer on what happens if I use the cat pee ones?

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I guess the cat-pee flowers might impart a bitter taste...

What I did last year was to make an elderflower 'tea' buy pouring boiling water over the flowers, leaving overnight then putting into a few 500ml bottles and freezing (of course I didn't completely fill the bottles so they wouldn't burst). This meant I could use the elderflower extract to make several batches of wine or cider during the summer.

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Terrier said:

I picked some elderflowers yesterday, but they didn't all have that lovely fragrance, I'm not one for waste, so don't want to waste the lemons and sugar....anyone know the answer on what happens if I use the cat pee ones?

Think Chardonnay big_laugh

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wave Nor mine - one of my least favourite wines.

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