Bezgov sok—elderflower juice—is a popular homemade drink, also called šabesa/šebesa. The juice is made by adding water to the syrup, the recipe below is thus for the syrup.
- 40 elderflower blossoms
- 3 L of water
- 2.5 kg of sugar (may also be 3 kg)
- 3 lemons
- 50 g of citric acid powder
Shake the picked elderflowers and check them for any bugs or the like (do not wash the blossoms though). Pour the sugar into boiling water and stir it so that it dissolves. After that happens, cool the mixture. Cut the lemons into thick slices and, along with eldeflower blossoms, put them into the cooled sugared water. Cover and let it rest in a cool place for at least 24 hours. Mix every once in a while. Once the time has passed, remove the blossoms and lemons and mix in citric acid so that it dissolves.
Pour the syrup into glass bottles, using a funnel with gauze (or something similar), so that any remaining blossoms or bits of lemon are filtered out.