I hadn’t tried elderflower cordial until I moved to London, and I can still remember the slightly perfumed flavour. I was instantly hooked but it wasn’t until I moved back home and recognised the scent one day that I recalled how much I actually liked it.
One thing I adore about Summer is the amazing scent from the Elderflower trees. The scent is almost intoxicating and perfumey and so is the flavour. I asked around and realised that Elderflower cordial was easy to make, and my friend even had an old recipe she used. As you know, I think there is something rather satisfying about making something from scratch. It is very hyggeligt and quite satisfying to gather things in nature and then create something tasty and yummy afterwards. It appeals to the old fashioned side of me, you know the side where less is more, and where some of the best things in life are free.
I was also surprised to know that making elderflower cordial is very simple indeed. Trust me, once you have tasted this stuff, shop bought stuff just won’t suffice.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 25-30 elderflower heads – stalks trimmed
- 600 g of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of Citric Acid (available from the Chemist)
- 2 Organic lemons
- 2 litres of water
- Pick 25 – 30 elderflowers – make sure they are in full bloom, no brown bits.
- Get a large saucepan ready with 2 litres of cold fresh water on the stove.
- Trim the elderflower, the smaller the better, if you add too much of the stalk it may turn the cordial bitter.
- Give them a quick rinse to get rid of any dirt and bugs. I rinse twice!
- Cut your lemons into slices, and squeeze the remaining lemon into the saucepan.
- Pour the sugar and Citric acid into the saucepan, and slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
- Put the elderflower and lemons into the saucepan. Turn off the heat and leave the lemons and elderflowers in the saucepan to diffuse.
- Leave to cool and put the saucepan in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Sieve through cheesecloth or a tea towel – do not press the elderflower through as it will turn the cordial cloudy.
- Put into clean sterilised 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 3 weeks in the fridge
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