Go foraging for elderflowers, and then make this sparkling mead recipe! This easy homemade sparkling elderflower mead recipe is low alcohol, delicately flavored, and the perfect foraged drink for a hot summer day!
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Using Elderflowers for Mead
Ahh, early summer is upon us. This means wildflowers are in full force in most of the country. One of my very favorite flowers to work with is elderflowers, which will soon turn into beloved elderberries.
Just be sure that you leave plenty on the tree so that you get berries.
A lot of people make a cordial with their foraged elderflowers, which also sounds amazing, but I’m a mead girl. I made an awesome wildflower mead recently with dandelions, lavender, and yarrow, so I wanted to do something similar to that.
Elderflowers are so pretty and fragrant, but not overwhelmingly so. I decided to make a light, sparkling mead, similar to champagne, to complement their delicate flavor.
Elderflower Sparkling Mead Recipe
To get every mead making step in detail, check out my How to Make a Gallon of Mead post. It will guide you along the entire process!
The very first step when making any homebrewed alcohol is to make sure that everything that will be used in the process is properly sanitized.
My favorite sanitizer to use, because it’s easy and non-toxic, is One Step.
Brew the Elderflower Mead
After you’ve sanitized everything, the next step is to make a strong tea with the elderflowers.
I put about a half gallon of filtered water in a pot with the flowers, bring to a boil for about 2-3 minutes, then take off the heat and let steep.
After the tea has cooled slightly, but is still warm, add the honey.
Since I wanted a lighter mead with a lower alcohol content, I only used 1.5 pounds of honey. This amount is adjustable up to 3 pounds of honey per gallon of mead depending on your taste.
Once the tea is close to room temperature, use a funnel to add it to your fermenting vessel (this one gallon jug with airlock is perfect), flowers and all. You can strain the flowers out if you wish, but I like to leave them in to really get their essence.
Add the lemon juice and raisins, and fill the jug up with cool filtered water, leaving about 3 inches or so of head space at the top.
Pitch the Yeast & Ferment the Elderflower Mead
Add the champagne yeast, cap the jug, and give it a few good shakes to combine everything.
Remove the cap, fill the airlock with water to the line, then place it into the jug.
In a few hours, or overnight, you should start to see bubbles. Success!
Put in a cool and dark corner of your house. Once the bubbles have almost completely stopped, it’s time to bottle.
Because of the low amount of honey I used and the warmer summer temperatures, this only took about 3 weeks.
Bottle the Elderflower Mead
Bottle the mead into swing top bottles for the best sparkling results.
My post on how to bottle hard cider is a great guide to help you with the bottling process.
Let the bottles sit for another 2-3 weeks, then enjoy your lovely elderflower sparkling mead!
This is a refreshing, low alcohol mead, perfect for a hot summer day!
I love the subtle elderflower flavor that it has. Plus, it’s gorgeous!
What a perfect way to kick off the summer!
Have you ever done anything fun with elderflowers?
More Mead Recipes
Ready to start brewing your next batch of mead? Here are 15 mead recipes for you to try including:
Sparkling Elderflower Mead Recipe
- Sanitize everything that will be used in the brewing process.
- Combine a half gallon of filtered water in a pot with the elderflowers. Bring to a boil for about 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and steep to brew elderflower tea.
- Once the tea has cooled slightly, but is still warm, add the honey. Total amount based on taste and preference.
- Allow the tea to cool to about room temperature. Use a funnel to transfer the tea to your fermenting vessel, flowers and all. You can strain the flowers out if you wish, but leaving them in really helps get their essence.
- Add the lemon juice and raisins, then fill the jug up with cool filtered water, leaving about 3 inches of head space at the top.
- Add the champagne yeast, cap the jug, and give it a few good shakes to combine everything. Remove the cap, fill the airlock with water to the line, then place it into the jug. In a few hours, or overnight, you should start to see bubbles.
- Place the jug in a cool and dark corner of your house. Once the bubbles have almost completely stopped, it’s time to bottle. The time will be variable, 3-4 weeks based on the amount of honey used and ambient temperature.
- Bottle the mead into swing top bottles for the best sparkling results. Let the bottles sit for another 2-3 weeks, then enjoy your lovely sparkling mead!