This magical recipe transforms perfectly ordinary ingredients into a delicious sparkling drink. The children make it religiously everyyear and then share the bubbly with their friends.
2 heads of elderflowers
560g (1 1/4lb) sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4.5L (8 pints) water
Remove the peel from the lemon with a swivel top peeler. Pick the elderflowers in full bloom. Put into a bowl with the lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar and cold water. Leave for 24 hours, then strain into strong screw top bottles. Lay them on their sides in a cool place. After 2 weeks it should be sparkling and ready to drink. Despite the sparkle this drink is non-alcoholic.
The bottles need to be strong and well sealed, otherwise the Elderflower champagne will pop its cork.