Socata / Elder(berry) lemonade made in USA
The disadvantage of being in a small ex-pat community is that there are very few services catering to the needs and cravings of national food/drinks. I have been craving for a glass of refreshing socata (which being made with elder flowers i would call elder lemonade) for some time now, mostly because it has been very hot and my mom always used to make this drink in summer. So given I live far away from mom and home I had to make my own socata. See above. It has been tested on at least another romanian and a bunch of foreigners and everyone survived.
If you are curious how to make it, here's the average socata-craving person's guide to socata:
You will need:
450-500 g sugar (2 1/2 cups approximately)
1 gallon (or 4 liters) water
2.5 hands of elder flowers - which means you basically dig your hand in the elder flower bag and fill it two times and a half. To get elder flowers click here
In a big jar (or pot if you don't have a big jar) add the water, squeeze the lemons and put the rest of the lemons in, add the sugar and the elder flowers. Mix it and then cover the jar with a plate or something (it should not be perfectly tight). Leave it outside in a warm place. The whole trick is to have the lemonade ferment. Mix it every night. The socata will be ready when the drink looks naturally fizzy.