Updated: Mar 10, 2021
While going through my video archives, I found one of my favourite videos. One Christmas, we kept hearing explosions, and for whatever the reason, they happened in the middle of the night. Later, we discovered a mess of glass and liquid all over the floor. If you've ever bottled your own elderflower wine or ginger beer, you know the risks. This year, when bottling season came around, I let the wine sit in the bucket for an extra three days and after bottling, I put the bottles in an eskie (cooler).
In the Northern hemisphere, you are only a month away from your elderflower blooms. If you would like to try your hand at making sparkling elderflower wine, I recommend visiting River Cottage's site. Sparkling elderflower wine | River Cottage. I used their delicious recipe. Rather than leaving natural fermentation to chance, I added wine yeast that I picked up from the local Greek grocery store.
If you like your sparkling wine ultra-dry like me, then leave it in the bottle for a year. For added flavour, add a splash of lemon or lime juice to every glass. The taste reminds me of a margarita without the sugar when you do this. If you prefer sweet dessert wine, it will be ready in just two months. Sweet elderflower wine tastes like a lemon/lime soda, Sprite or 7up.