With all the glorious sunshine recently the elderflower trees have been blooming hard, so we’ve been making batch after batch of the cordial to keep us going for the year ahead.
It is so easy to make, and yet makes a fabulous addition to a Gin and Tonic, or in the bottom of a glass of Prosecco. Equally a jug of elderflower spritz – mixed with sparkling water, a sprig of mint, a slice of lemon and plenty of ice is a welcome refreshment on a warm summer’s day.
So, here is the recipe. We hope you enjoy it.
20-30 large fragrant elderflower heads (they are best picked on a warm and sunny day)
3 pints boiling water
3lbs caster sugar
3 lemons, sliced
2 oz citric acid (available online or from a pharmacy)
Combine water, sugar, lemons and citric acid in a large plastic bowl. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add elderflower and stir well to combine. Cover with a tea towel, and leave in a cool place for 48 hours.
Strain through a muslin or damp tea towel into bottles. Store in the fridge and use within a month. Or freeze the cordial in plastic bottles until required. Makes approximately 2 litres.