Honey-Sweetened Elderflower Mimosas
Like sipping spring! Slightly sweet with a hint of floral + added bubbly make these the perfect springtime cocktail! This recipe starts with a homemade honey-sweetened elderflower cordial with infused-lemon+ bubbly of choice (even works great with club soda!). Perfect anytime of day!
- 2 heaping cups fresh elderflowers (whole heads of flowers)
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 whole lemon (preferably organic)
- 1 recipe elderflower cordial
- 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, club soda or bubbly of choice!
Cut off leafy stems from elderflowers. Wash thoroughly for dirt + bugs.*
Heat water + honey in a 4 quart saucepan over medium high-heat until honey dissolves in water (this doesn't take very long). Remove from heat.
Place cut elderflowers, flower side-down in saucepan. Push flowers down to make sure submerged in water.
Wash + slice lemon into thin slices and push them down to submerge them in the water with elderflowers.
Place lid on pot and let sit in a safe place for 24 hours (I did a little less and it was still good).
Strain mixtures through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl + then pour into your favorite pitcher.
Store leftover is a sterilized mason jar in the fridge.
*The recipe on jamieoliver.com states that the flavor + fragrance is found on the pollen of the elderflowers; however, my elderflowers had way too many tiny bugs on them not to wash them. If you can get away with it you may want to wash less but I prefer a bug-less mimosa!
For harvesting, I recommend harvesting in the early morning (fewer bugs then). Jamie's website also recommends harvesting them upright so the pollen is not lost.
Recipe adapted from jamieoliver.com.