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Hedgerow homebrewing doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. Find out just how easy it is to make your own Elderflower champagne from ingredients growing in a park or garden near you! Get the recipe for this fizzy wine at Supper in the Suburbs.
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Elderflower Champagne

This recipe makes 10 litres of Elderflower Champagne. That's enough to last you right through the summer!
Prep Time3 hrs
Fermentation period30 d
Total Time30 d 3 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Servings: 60 glasses
Calories: 107.38kcal


  • Fermentation bucket
  • 10 x 1 litre champagne or wine bottles (must be suitable for holding carbonated drinks)



  • Begin by steralising all of your equipment. This can be done with a chemical steralising powder or by using soapy water and leaving to dry.
  • Pour 4 litres of hot water in to your steralised fermentation bucket along with 1600g of sugar.
  • Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Top up with the remaining 6 litres of cold water and add the elderflower florets, lemon zest and juice.
  • In the meantime, activate the yeast with a little warm water and sugar (according to the packets instructions).
  • Add to the sugar water and elderflower, stir well and put the lid on the fermentation bucket.
  • Leave to ferment for 2 weeks.
  • Strain the elderflower and zest from the champagne. Leave to rest for a further week before bottling in freshly steralised champagne bottles.
  • If the champagne has lost a little fizz when you bottle, add a little syrup made from hot water and sugar (no more than 10g of sugar per litre).


If you want to know exactly how alcoholic your champagne is before you drink it, you can take gravitational readings and follow a simple formula.
Once you've dissolved the sugar in all ten litres of water you need to take your first reading.
Fill the hydrometer tube up to about 2 inches from the top with the sugar water.
Insert the hydrometer giving it a little spin as you do so. The hydrometer will slowly sink until it stops and bobs up and down gently.
When the hydrometer comes to a stop, look at where the liquid intersects the markings on the hydrometer.
Record the gravity reading - this is called your 'Original Gravity'.
Repeat this process immediately before bottling. This is called your 'Final Gravity'.
To get your ABV, subtract the Original Gravity from the Final Gravity then multiply this number by 131.25.
If you like formulas then use the following:
(FG - OG) x 131.25 = ABV %


Calories: 107.38kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 0.16g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 8.89mg | Potassium: 20.41mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 26.97g | Vitamin A: 3.17IU | Vitamin C: 7.63mg | Calcium: 9.01mg | Iron: 0.1mg