the best part of this recipe is that you get to cut the heads off those flowers before they turn into "wish flowers" and reseed, replacing your grass with yellow fields of dandy times. hmm, that sounds really awesome actually. and now that this fizz is in my life...might just be what happens.
i am excited to try this recipe with other flowers and herbs. very similar to elderflower cordial, in fact.
dandelion fizz recipe
6 cups dandelion flowers
5 quarts water
4 cups sugar, honey or other sweetener
2 lemons (less lemon or none if you use honey)
only cut the flowers that are in the direct sunshine. i saw this tid bit in a recipe i had found it an old old herbal book (not the one where this recipe comes from) and love it. i think it's really sweet and that it is why it feels like you are drinking sunshine when you sip'a'da'fizz!
bring water to a boil and pour over dandelions. cover, and leave over night, or at least for 12 hours.
now, add sweetener, lemon juice and rind. i used local honey. i think you should too.
heat and stir till dissolved but do not boil.
pour into clean, dry bottles with tight screw caps and wait for as long as you possibly can. store in a cool dry place. don't forget about them...enjoy them within a couple months. they could, you know, explode on you if you leave them lonely in your pantry for too long.
brew will do it's thang, ferment and become fizzy. there will be some alcohol content in it; as that's what fermentation does, but no more than kombucha might have. brew is ready to drink in 3-4 weeks! summertime enchantment is what you'll experience popping one of these beauties open. super special moment! enjoy!