Makes 1 pint of concentrate:
- 6-8 elderflower heads. You can add slightly more if you want it stronger.
- 450 g sugar
- 1 Lemon zested and sliced
- 2 tsp citric acid
- 1 pint water
- Bring the sugar and water to boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and put the elderflower heads, with as little stalk as possible, into the solution. You want the water just boiling to get rid of any impurities.
- Zest the lemon and then slice. Put both zest and slices into the sugar solution.
- Add the citric acid.
- Cover and leave for 24 hours.
- Strain into sterilised bottles.
- Ready to serve now, dilute to taste.
TIP 1 Citric acid helps to preserve. You can leave this out if you wish as the lemon also acts as a preservative – it depends on how fast you are planning on drinking it!
TIP 2 To drink, instead of adding water, add chilled sparkling mineral water & white wine to taste.
TIP 3 Make sure the elderflowers are not in a field that has recently been sprayed, that they are above dog leg height and away from traffic fumes! Elder is very genetically diverse, so pick only flowers from a sweet smelling bush.
TIP 4 If you wish the cordial to last longer without fermentation, boil the elderflowers for 15 minutes. This will help to kill the natural yeast and will stop it fermenting.
TIP 5 You can buy sterilising solution, citric acid, sugar and bottles from your local homebrew supplier. Dried elderflowers can also be bought if you want to make this out of season.