So, first pluck your elderflowers. This required an expedition around the corner to a bit of public bush - there are elders growing all along the road from town to my house, but most of them are on someone's property.
I went down to the Broad Bay slip site, which is a bit of hill which was slowly slipping into the harbour until the conservationists planted it with lots of native plants. It's a sort of native bush reserve, but there are plenty of exotics around the perimeter.
There were two different trees with little white flowers, so I picked some of each to bring home and identify. I was pretty sure that one of them was hawthorn, but this one should be elder:
I'm only making a little bit - I don't know if I like it yet.
Here's my car down at what passes for a car park:
And here's the track I followed:
A family of Paradise ducks taking their lives in their
Anyway, I pulled all the little flowers off their whatever it's called …
… and put them to soak with a couple of slices of orange and lemon in some sugar syrup:
If it turns out to be delicious, I'll go for another expedition to pick more.