Elderflower is a flavouring ingredient that has been used to produce light refreshing drinks to quench the thirst of people on hot summer days for centuries. The Elder bush grows all over Europe, from as far north as Norway to the shores of the Mediterannean and many cultures use the berries and flowers in food and drinks.
From the beginning of June, the hedgerows across Belgium begin to look as though there has been a freak snowfall, as the Elder bushes burst into flower and the craftsmen at Belgin start to watch the weather forecast. They are looking for the perfect day, when drying sun and gentle breezes ensure that the heads of elderflowers are at their prime, and ready for picking.
The delicate flavours are then extracted using a little bit of distillers magic, and this intense essence is then combined with other botanicals before finally being turned into a truly intoxicating liqueur.