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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

A day later the dark socata is joined by a plain socata. The drink on the left has just been stirred.

Here's the recipe for the clear socata again (no caramelized sugar, no yeast):

Ingredients:
5 liters water
2 large umbels
500g sugar
juice of four lemons and rind of two lemons

What you see on the right is a 3-liter jar, and so I have adapted the quantities. This time I have followed the recipe.

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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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