May in Czech republic is one of my favorite months, not only because I have a birthday 😀 But everything is already fresh and green and summer is right around the corner. Flowers are already in bloom including one of my favorites, the elderberry. I couldn’t wait to make this homemade elderflower syrup because our stocks are obviously gone from last year and I’ve gotten used to drinking it since we’ve been making it in our family since i was a child. I drink water everyday so it’s nice to change it up a little mix in a bit of flavor. Or you can mix it with soda water to make a homemade lemonade.
So let’s make it! It’s so easy and it tastes so amazing!
All you’ll need:
- 35 blossoms of elderflower
- 0.5 gallons of water
- 2.5 oz citric acid
- sorbic acid
Boil the water and let it cool down. Next, add the blossoms and citric acid and let it leach for 24 hours. Occasionally stir. While waiting for the 24 hours to pass, prepare your bottles so they are free from bacteria. Rinse them with soap and hot water very well.
After 24 hours, strain the eldeberry mixture through clean cheese cloth then add the sugar and stir it untill is completely melted. Using a funnel, pour the completed syrup into the clean bottles as full as possible leaving just a little space. Finally, put pinch of sorbic acid on the very top to keep the syrup from spoiling.
When you’re ready to use the syrup, clean the sorbic acid out of the top of the bottle and add the syrup to water. The amount of syrup you use depends on your taste. I like to use just a little so that the water tastes mildly flavored. That way, one batch will last all year.