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Socată (Elderflower Cordial)

1. Socată with caramelized sugar
and vinegar

Ingredients:
5 liters water
3 large umbels
500g sugar
2 lemons, sliced
75g vinegar

Caramelize 100 grams of sugar in a cooking pot; when melted, add 1 liter of water and the remaining sugar. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, and then leave the pot to cool.

Pour the sugary water in a 5-liter jar. Add the vinegar (I have used apple vinegar), elderflowers and lemon slices (with rinds). Fill the jar to the top with water. Cover it with gauze and store it for four days.
Stir gently every once in a while.

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To learn more about things Romanian, try the excellent Berlitz Romanian Phrase Book & Dictionary.

Concise yet comprehensive, the Berlitz Romanian Phrase Book & Dictionary introduces you to meal times, types of eating places, ordering, and goes on to translate and describe traditional breakfast dishes, cold and hot starters, soups and stews, fish and meat dishes, meat specialties, game and poultry dishes, potato and polenta specialties, rice and pasta, common sauces, vegetables and salads, herbs and spices, cheese types, fruits and nuts, and, finally, desserts, drinks, and even snacks. I was surprised to find this book also mentions the drink called socata, be it with a slight error. I have spotted only two errors in this book (socada instead of socata, and smeura instead of zmeura), so rest assured: the book is well researched and reliable!

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