It’s the perfect season for Elderflowers! Not only they have great health benefits, such as anti-viral properties, but they can be a great ingredient for a refreshing summer lemonade. So why not make a refreshing elderflowers infusion lemonade to keep you company while enjoying the sun?
You can find them everywhere in the UK, especially in parks or on the side of the road, starting from mid-May to mid-June. I would recommend picking them from as far as possible and skip those on the side of the road as they can get tamed by traffic pollution and you can’t take that off through washing.
If you're in a mood for some summer fun, maybe a barbecue, that's perfect! Because this lemonade goes very well with vodka or gin!
For 500ml of elderflowers infusion lemonade you will need:
- 2 elderflowers
- 4 slices of lemon
- 500 ml water
- Gin or vodka of your choice and strength (optional)
Put the water in a big enough container, add the flowers and the slices of lemon and leave for about 2-3 hours. Taste the infusion and see if you’re happy and the aroma is strong enough or leave it for one more hour.
You can use a sieve to filter the flowers, but they look very pretty in the glass and if you use a metal straw, they won’t bother you as much.
Rub some fresh mint between your palms and add them to the glass for extra flavour, like I did in the photo below.
The same flowers can be used for another round of elderflowers infusion lemonade following the same process.
Make sure you don't leave the flowers in water for more than 3 hours as the liquid will turn up cloudy and will taste weird.
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