I'm loving May but this time I'm not making elderflower cordial (some left from last year) or elderflower champagne (after the bottle exploding incident) but elderflower gin. I love both elderberry and sloe gins especially as winter warmers so I'm convinced that an elderflower version will have an hint of early summer....
20 elderflower heads
3 tablespoons of sugar (or add to taste)
Juice and zest of 2 organic unwaxed lemons
In a 1 litre bottle with a wide neck place the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Shake any bugs out of the elderflowers then place the flowers in the bottle. Pour over the gin, put the lid on the bottle and then shake until the sugar dissolves. Leave in a dark place for a few months. Strain and bottle.
nb. make sure you pick your elderflowers on a dry day and that they are fresh flowers - older ones can smell a bit too strong...
Enjoy with tonic water or lemonade.