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Blog » Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Nothing evokes a warm summer evening more than a cool refreshing drink of Elderflower Cordial mixed with sparkling water, slice of lemon and a sprig of mint (add a dash of gin, or mix with cider for an alcoholic refresher).

While the season for fresh elderflowers is short, the good news is that dried elderflowers are available all year round and work just as well. This recipe is simple and produces a fantastic cordial that can also be used in baking, ice creams and sorbets.

Note: when picking fresh elderflowers chose a tree away from the road and above dog height(!) so that flowers are pollution free. Select flower heads that are not discoloured or half eaten and shake off any bugs or insects. Rinse flower heads in clean water and remove stalks (these add a bitter taste so remove as much green as possible).

Ingredients

·25-30 elderflower heads

·4 unwaxed lemons – zest and juice

·1½-2kg sugar

·1½ tsp citric acid (optional)

Method

·Pour 1.5 litres of boiling water over the elderflowers and lemon zest

·Leave covered for a few hours, or overnight to infuse

·Strain onto the sugar and lemon juice, adding citric acid if using

·Bring to a gentle simmer for five minutes

·Cool slightly, then pour carefully into sterilised bottles

·Seal and store in a cool, dark place.

Cordial will keep for a few weeks in a fridge, or longer if pasteurised in a hot water bath. Also suitable for freezing in a suitable container or in ice cube trays