One thing I adore about Summer is the amazing smell from the Elderflower trees. The scent is almost intoxicating and perfumey and so is the flavour. I always wanted to make elderflower cordial, so I gave it a go with a recipe my Grandmother once gave me. It is very hyggeligt to gather things in nature and then create something tasty and yummy afterwards:
25-30 elderflower heads – stalks trimmed
600 g of sugar
2 tablespoons of food safe Citric Acid (available from the Chemist)
2 Organic lemons
2 liters of water
This is how you do:
- Pick 25 – 30 elderflowers – make sure they are in full bloom, no brown bits.
- Get a large saucepan ready with 2 liters of cold fresh water.
- Trim the elderflower, the smaller the better, stalks make it bitter.
- Give them a quick rinse to get rid of dirt and bugs.
- Cut your lemons into slices, and squeeze the remaining lemon into the saucepan.
- Pop the sugar and Citric acid into the saucepan, and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
- Put the elderflower, and lemons into the saucepan.
- Leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Sieve through a clean tea towel – do not press the elderflower through as it will turn the cordial cloudy.
- Put into clean sterilized bottles and put in the fridge.
- Or even better – freeze into ice cube trays and freeze – ready for a hot summers day.
- The Elderflower cordial will keep for up to 5 weeks in the fridge.