elderflower syrup

Bezgov sokelderflower 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.

Bezgov sirup


  • 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.

Wonderful sweet syrup with a hint of elderflower, perfect for your summery treats.

You will need:

50 flower clusters
6dl water
1tsp citric acid
6dl sugar (I used cane sugar)
1 organic lemon
1 vanilla bean (split open)

Cut as much off the flower stalks as possible - really it is only the flowers you want. Mix the water, sugar and citric acid in a pot and bring it to a boil. Cut the lemon into slices and put them in a bowl with the flowers and the vanilla bean. Pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl. Let it sit in the the fridge over night . 

Run the liquid through a fine sieve and pour it back into a pot and let it simmer at medium heat until it thickens (about one hour and thirty minutes). Then all you need to do is pour the syrup into bottles and wait for it to cool.