Home made elderflower cordial - one of summer's simple pleasures
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
By Katharine

Yes, summer is here.  The hedgerows are full of frothy elderflower and the air thick with that sweet summery scent.  Time to bottle it!

  • 30 heads fresh elderflower
  • 4 lemons, unwaxed
  • 2lbs caster sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 litres water 
  • 2oz citric acid (available from chemists)

Couldn't be easier  - simply put the sugar in a large bowl and pour over boiling water, let the sugar dissolve and the syrup cool a little.  Meanwhile finely peel/zest the lemons and slice them.  Stir them into the syrup with the citric acid and then drop in the heads of elderflower, give them a good swish around then cover and set aside for 24-48 hours.


Strain through muslin into another bowl and then pour into sterilised bottles.

Great summer drink served with sparkling water and a spring of fresh mint but I like something altogether more decadent and go for champagne cocktails or elderflower martinis.

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