Red Elderberry Punch
The white flowers are not only early messengers of summer, but also very healthy: elderflowers contain essential oils, sweat-inducing glycosides and numerous other secondary plant substances. In addition, they provide a sweetishly sweet aroma with a fine flowery taste! Great in combination with grape and lemon juice.
It is not for nothing that elderberry blossoms have many lovers and are experiencing a surprising comeback. You can pick elderberry blossoms from the end of May at the earliest and then until the end of July at the latest. This means that the harvest time is quite short. You want to capture the taste? Then try the elderflower syrup from EAT SMARTER!
Rinse one lemon under hot water and cut into slices. Slit the vanilla bean lengthwise. Mix the sugar with the vanilla bean, 250 ml (approximately 8 ounces) of water, and the lemon slices in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Wipe the elderflowers, making sure not to rinse them Place half of the elderflowers into the lemon mixture, and chill for 1-2 days in the refrigerator.
Pass the edlerflower mixture through a fine strainer into a punch bowl. Rinse the remaining lemon, thinly slice, and add to the punch with the remaining elderflowers. Fill with the grape juice and the soda, add the ice cubes, and serve.