With elderflowers blooming, bottle the essence of early summer and have a go at making your own delicious elderflower cordial with these recipes from home cooks like you.
I've tried a couple of different recipes for elderflower cordial, and I've used this recipe a couple of times now and it produces an excellent result. The light flowery taste of elderflower cordial is one of the most refreshing and individual flavours, which transports you to the long days of early summer.
Late May or early June is the time to make this amazing elderflower syrup or cordial. It tastes great added to sparkling water or Prosecco. I also use it to moisten sponge cakes. The elderflowers should be fully blossomed with as much pollen as possible is on them.
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.
This is a brilliant refresher for hot summer days. You'll find food grade citric acid at a health food store or Asian market.
Traditional elderflower cordial uses lemons. I find this a little tart so I replace some of my lemons with oranges instead.
Use this to drizzle over plain sponge cake, in icing for fairycakes or in ice cream. It's also worth adding a drizzle to your Pimm's and lemonade!
A refreshing sparkling summer drink made with fresh elderflowers. There's no alcohol in this recipe but you could add champagne to the cordial instead of sparkling water.
I make a large amount of elderflower cordial every spring to give away as gifts. I mix it with sparkling water in a ratio of 10:1.
If you go out and pick elderflowers, remember to pick them dry weather and when they are fully in bloom.
This recipe makes a 4 litres elderflower cordial, that might sound like a lot but you will see how quickly it vanishes when you give it away as gift.