Elderflowers, a signal that summer has arrived, get your sparkling water and ice at the ready, (and your gin) for the most refreshing of summer drinks, elderflower cordial is essentially summer in a bottle.
It’s almost a British staple these days, easy to buy, the cordial is found on all supermarket shelves, but it’s so easy to make too, and the homemade version beats the shop bought stuff hands down, it tastes amazing. Not to mention it’s cheap to make.
The season is nearly over for me but there is still blossom out there, the further north you live, the better at this point. However you could use dried flower heads, which are easy & cheap to purchase on the internet, stocked on sites such as eBay.
30 elderflower heads
2.4kg granulated sugar
1.6 litres water
3 unwaxed lemons
100g citric acid
In a large bowl place the elderflower blossoms. Take the lemons, slice off the ends and throw away. Peel the zest, the slice up the lemon, put both in the bowl with the elderflower & set aside.
Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour the boiling surup over the elderflowers & lemons. Stir in the citric acid, then cover and love to stand for 24 hours.
Now that you’ve slept and your ready for your cordial. Take a muslin cloth or jelly straining cloth and strain the cordial, pour into sterilised screw top glass bottles and your done.
(Any glass cordial or wine bottles will be fine for using, just wash thoroughly , and place in a 100 degree oven for about 20-30 mins, this will sterilise the bottles really for use).
It’s such a hassle free recipe and reaps great rewards, try it over icecream as sauce or add the cordial to a gin & tonic to give it a summery twist.
When all is said & done though, you can’t beat just drinking it on ice with sparkling water.