June rolls around and so does my hay fever. Going for a bike ride with the kids along the bike path is fabulously fun, but I could not do it in June without a good dose of Loratadine. I was fine all day, riding, picking elderflowers and throwing rocks into the Water of Leith. But once we got the flowers home and I started pulling off the flowers for my vodka liqueur, no dose of loratadine was going to hold back my super sneezes. But no pain, no gain eh?
I should have been more greedy with my elderflower picking, but my kids and I picked about 6 heads of lovely little white flowers. Most recipes call for 10-20 heads per 1L of alcohol, so we’ll see how things turn out in a fortnight or so. To round out the flavours and boost the interest, I threw in a half of an apple too. The hard part is going to be the waiting for infusion and dissolving of sugar.
Thankfully I made an elderberry gin in September, so was able to enjoy a splash of that over ice today. I’m all about eating in season, but the joy of preserving and liqueurs is that I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying flavours that are half a year from my local season! I might finally crack open my pickled nasturtium pods, now that I think about it!