The English countryside is looking sublime. The early summer flowers are out a little earlier than usual with the wonderful sunny weather we’ve been having. Meadow buttercups, oxeye daisies, dog roses, red campions, and of course elderflowers, are brushing the lanes and paths with splashes of colour.

As well as producing sprays of beautiful scented flowers the elder has long been associated with folklore. In ancient times the elder was believed to ward off evil spirits and give protection from witches, while if an elder tree was cut down a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released from the tree and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut down while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.

Made from the branch of an elder tree, the Elder Wand plays a pivotal role in the final book of the Harry Potter series, which was nearly named ‘Harry Potter & the Elder Wand’ before author J.K. Rowling decided on ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows’.

Here at Kingsdown we’re interested in the magically perfumed flavour of elderflowers which make Kingsdown Elderflower Sparkle such a refined and refreshing summer drink. Find out more at kingsdownwater.com and for cocktail ideas, including our Elderflower Spritz, come and have a look at kingsdownwater.com/cocktails-food-pairings