Yorkshire Recipes


Elderflower Champagne

This makes a refreshing summer drink, with the main ingredient – elderflowers – on your doorstep and free for the picking.


  • 7 heads of elderflower
  • 8 pints of cold water
  • 20 oz (560g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 2 lemons


  1. Boil the water , pour over the sugar and leave to cool.
  2. When cold, add in the washed elderflower heads, sliced lemons and white wine vinegar
  3. Allow to stand for 24 hours
  4. Strain and bottle in strong wine bottles. Cork well — it’s fizzy!   Important Safety note – don’t use ordinary wine bottles, or plastic bottles, as they are likely to explode!  Use strong champagne-style bottles that will withstand the fermentation pressure; get advice from a wine or beer making supplier if you are unsure.

Source:  Marjorie Ashdown of Ilkley. This was one of her mother’s recipe.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Recipes