A couple of weeks ago we went to the annual Elder Blossom Festival in one of the surrounding villages. The specialty there are deep fried elder blossoms. Not that they are anything too delicious, they taste like, um, deep fried something, but it sure is a nice and romantic idea. This is what the dish looked like:
At the festival the drink of choice would be either elder water or elder liquor. Elder water is quite tasty and has a certain flavour that I had never met before. At the same time it is very refreshing. It’s the perfect drink for hot days when plain water just isn’t good enough.
I had a look around for a recipe and found a very simple one. This is not for syrup that needs to be diluted later, but this is ready made to drink.
- 7 large elder blossoms
- 5 l water
- 250g sugar
- 3 untreated lemons
Boil water with sugar and pour over elder blossoms. Cut lemons into strips and add to it. Let rest over night. Pour through a very fine sieve and bring to a boil again. Fill up into bottles.
Some recipes add a little bit of vinegar. I suppose this depends on the personal taste.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads
Elder blossom image from flickr.