Even if it’s quite a common drink during the month of may when the elder (sambucus) come to flower I only had socata (vin de soc) twice until now but each time it was a refreshing experience.

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  • 10 – 12 elder flowers
  • 1 lemon
  • 1kg of sugar
  • 8-9l of water
  • 1 tbs of dried leaven


  • mix 8-9l of water with the flowers, the lemon cut in 16 pieces, lemon juice, sugar and leaven, cover and wait …

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  • for 3 – 6 days
    • using a wooden spoon mix the ingredients twice a day, taste
    • remove the lemon the next day in order to avoid a bitter taste
  • in function of how much time you let it rest more or less alcohol will get formed

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  • it can either become a refreshing, sparkling drink (after 2-3 days) or a refreshing, mild alcoholic drink (after 5-6 days)

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