I love this time of year, especially seeing all the elderflower trees come in to bloom. And this year there seems to be Elderflower in abundance everywhere you look which means only one thing; time to make some elderflower cordial! This drink is so lovely and refreshing and dead easy to make. You can also use it in lots recipes, such as Elderflower Honey Ice cream, Elderflower Jelly or even Elderflower Cupcakes or even better add a cheeky bit to a nice cold glass of Prosecco.
How to make Elderflower Cordial?
First of all you need to go on the hunt for an Elderflower tree, you can find them literally everywhere but probably best not to pick them from a strangers garden or national trust property as you will almost certainly get into trouble! A public woodland is best or you may discover you have some in your own garden.
You will need 1kg sugar, 1.5 litres of boiling water, 4 medium washed lemons, 55g citric acid (you can get this from any chemist) and finally about 25 – 30 large Elderflower heads (shake to remove any unwanted creatures!)
- Place the sugar into a large saucepan/stockpot or a large Pyrex bowl. Pour the boiling water over and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and leave to cool.
- Grate the rind of the lemons with a fine grater, add to the sugar water.
- Slice the lemons into thick slices and add to the water. Add the citric acid and stir, then finally add the flower heads to the water and stir again.
- Cover the bowl with a clean cloth or tin foil and leave for 48 hours
- Strain through clean fine muslin cloth or a sieve into a clean bowl.
- Finally, using a funnel, fill sterilized bottles, seal and store in a cool, dark place for a few weeks or freeze in plastic bottles to keep for longer
And that is it! Your Elderflower cordial is complete. Very easy and very enjoyable to make! Now get going and make some before the Elderflower trees loose their flowers, they only stay around until about the end of August – September!