Elderflower cordial has a sweet, floral, refreshing taste which is one of my favourite summer drinks. It's a non-alcoholic concentrated syrup that can be mixed with sparkling water or soda water and ice to enjoy in the heat.
From mid-June to mid-July you can't turn the corner in the area where I live without seeing an elder tree in flower.
At this time of year the fist sized bunches of tiny white elderflowers make a great cordial which is really tasty with sparkling water, ice and a slice of lemon. Be sure to leave some flowers on the tree though as come Autumn the berries make a great wine!
Thanks to jonnybo1 for his help picking the flowers, steveastrouk for the tree, gmjhowe for help with photography and, mixing and lizzyastro for help bottling!
Step 1: Ingredients and Materials
- 32 elderflower heads
- 1kg sugar
- 55g citric acid
- 4 washed, unwaxed lemons
- 1.5 litres boiling water
Tools & Materials:
- 1 large pan
- 1 jelly bag (or scrap of fine muslin)
- several sealable bottles