Elder Sun

C545C8BA-006F-44B4-A6C4-B1AB7EE63FE8I’m all about wild picking these days. I saw some people making all sorts of things things from Elderflowers and I loved it! Most recipes I found had lots of sugar in it and I don’t really like using sugar myself, so I created this refreshing recipe myself. It’s definitely my favourite summer drink now. It’s super easy to make, with only a few ingredients and best of all.. you can get one of the ingredients for free: the Elderflower! The big umbrellas, filled with tiny white flowers, on the Elder tree smell beautiful. The Elder tree blooms from the end of May until mid June. So, be quick to make this! Also make sure you are picking the right elderflower (Sambucus Nigra) and not the poisonous one (quite essential!!).

9B5767F2-9E81-4FCB-A3BF-8309898984E7ELDER SUN

Makes: 1,5L

4-6 big elderflower umbrellas 
1,5 L water
10 strawberries
2 big lemons
2 limes
Maple syrup/Sugar (optional)
Ice (optional)

-Make sure that there are no insects on the elderflower umbrellas (shake it!).
-Soak the umbrellas in 1,5 water for at least 2 hours (longer is better!).
-Use a nut bag, cheese cloth or tea towel to filter out sand, insects (hopefully not) and little flowers.
-Put the strawberries, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime and a bit of the elderflower water in a blender and blend until smooth.
-Again use the nut bag, cheese cloth or tea towel to drain the juice, so you do not have bits in your lemonade (if you don’t mind, like me, you can skip this).
-Put the elderflower water and the strawberry juice in a big jug.
-Slice the other lemon and the lime and add this to the jug.
-Add maple syrup/sugar water to sweeten your lemonade if you want it sweet.
-Add ice if you like your lemonade cold.

582042B6-9BD3-4B79-AEF4-E95126D952FESome tips for wild picking:
-Be absolutely sure that you have the right plant. You do not want to ingest something that makes you end up in the hospital or worse..
-Don’t pick along roads or places where dogs are walked. A pinch of pollution or wee are not the ingredients you want to go for.
-Pick from an area where there are a lot of the specific plant you want to pick and only pick what you need. We need to share and be mindful.
-Try not to disturb wildlife.

Are you going to make this recipe? Please let me know or show me on instagram via @freedomevermore. I’d love to see it and hear what you think. Thank you! X

Ice Yay

Yay, the summer officially started! And how.. it was 34 degrees that day! With that heat I was craving some cold ice tea. You probably know the feeling?! The ice teas in the supermarket are full of sugar, so why not make it yourself? It’s so super easy! I would definitely call this a cheat recipe. You can make this ice tea with any tea you like. Last year I bought a very nice pina colada tea in Mallorca and that is the one I used, to give it this extra summery flavour. It was delicious with some extra lemons in there. So refreshing! You can also make this with green tea, passion fruit tea (or any other fruit flavour), earl grey or even the old English breakfast tea. Experiment what your favourite flavour is. So for all the hot days to come.. you will be prepared now!

ICE YAY

Serves: 6

-1,5 l water
-3 tea bags
-2-3 tbs agave nectar
-1 tbs palm sugar
-1 lemon (sliced)
-ice cubes (optional)

-Kettle
-Jug
-Fridge

-Boil the water.
-Pour the hot water in a jug and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
-Put all the tea bags in the jug and let the soak for 3-10 minutes. It really depends on how strong you want it to get. Taste regular and take the bags out as soon as you like the strength.
-Mix in the agave nectar (add to taste) and the palm sugar.
-Add the lemon slices, give it a last mix and let it all cool down.
-As soon as it’s room temperature you can put it in the fridge. Leave it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
-Personally I don’t like ice cubes too much, but if you do, make sure you add some before you pour yourself a glass.

Let the hot days come! Are you going to make this recipe? Please let me know when you’ve tried them. You can do this in a comment below. You can also tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X