"Booze can get you through times of no money better than money can get you through times of no booze", or something to that effect, once said by Fat Freddy or his wayward puddy cat. In times of no money but lots and lots of sunshine and abundant, lush vegetation, the gifts of nature seem ever more generous. Trends seem to come from nowhere, or some celebrity chef does something and then we all follow suit. I'm following in the hippy footsteps of Hugh Fernley Whattisname and well on the road to my own elderflower champagne. Out walking in the lovely Limerick countryside I could smell the heady sweetness of elderflowers in the air. I grabbed some scissors later and headed back out the country roads and filled up bags for champers and cordial. The cordial was such a hit it's almost gone, 3 large bottles went down a treat with my kids, surprise surprise, and friends. It's light and refreshing and made only with lemons, limes, oranges, water and of course elderflowers. You can freeze it in plastic bottles too.
The champers is a slightly different animal. It's made in a big plastic bucket or bin and takes no effort at all. The only work is in washing and sterilising bottles, but it's fun to make either way you look at it. I have read about bottles exploding so take precautions when storing this. It takes only two weeks from making it to drinking time. I have never tasted as a finished product but I do find it very sweet. I would probably make another batch with half the sugar. I hope this is ready to drink at a party for Friday night. At about 4 percent proof it's not too strong, free booze is free booze after all