Elderflower cordial

    5 days 10 min

    This is an easy to make refreshing drink made from elderflowers. These start to make an appearance around June. Once made and bottled it can be frozen and used when required. I first made it with my children who helped to pick the flowers and then make the drink. They still enjoy it and is now an early summer ritual. It's nice as a gin mixer, or diluted with soda or sparkling water for a change. Can be made without the oranges and less lemon according to your preference.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 30 elderflower heads
    • 6 pints (approx. 3 litres) of boiling water
    • 2lb (900g) caster sugar
    • 1 packet (approx 80 grams) of citric acid (available from chemists)
    • 2 unwaxed oranges, sliced
    • 2 unwaxed lemons, sliced

    Method
    Prep:5days  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:5days10min 

    1. Gently rinse the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.
    2. Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Stir well and leave to cool.
    3. Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices and then the flowers.
    4. Leave in a cool place for 5 days, stirring occasionally.
    5. Strain through some muslin and bottle.
    6. Dilute with water to taste: 5 parts water to 1 of cordial.

    Note

    Freeze in plastic bottles, but don't fill to the top, as you need to allow for expansion of liquid when frozen. Unfrozen cordial will keep for up to a month in the fridge.

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