I've been mildly obsessed with elderflowers recently. So, as we were driving to our first campsite - during our 10-day camping trip around northern California - and I spotted the distinctive puff of creamy-hued flowers, I made a mental note to go pick some and make elderflower soda.
My mother-in-law and I hiked up the hill and liberated some flowers from their roosts. Then it was back to camp we went.
- 2 C elderflowers, large stems removed
- 1 C organic granulated sugar
- 1 C cold water
- sparkling water for serving
- ice for serving
Place elderflowers, sugar, and water in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake, shake, and shake some more until the sugar is dissolved. Let stand for at least an hour to let the flavor of the flowers permeate the cold syrup.
Place 3 to 4 Tablespoons of syrup in the bottom of a cup. Fill with sparkling water. Add ice, if desired.