Recipe – “Elderflower Wine”

“Elderflower Wine”
“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
1        kg./2 lb. Elderflowers
1        kg./2 lb. Sugar
4        litre/7pints water
28      g./1 oz.  Fresh yeast
Juice of 2 lemons (or oranges)
Slice of toast
*    Avoid bruising the flowers when collecting them.  Boil them in the water for 20 minutes.  Strain and discard the flowers, making certain there are no bits left.
*    Add sugar and fruit juice to the liquid and heat gently until sugar is dissolved, then boil for another 20 minutes.  Strain into a large container and allow to cool before floating the toast carrying the crumbled yeast on it.  Cover and leave in a warm place for a day before bottling.