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Elderflower cordial
In spring and summer, when the days turn hot, hot, hot, we need a refreshment ASAP, we all know that. But instead of soda and other sugary stuff we love to drink homemade juices and cordials. We make this elderflower syrup every year in the middle of the spring and drink it all throughout the spring and summer, sometimes even in fall and winter. It's a great addition to cold, icy water. We add a few fresh leaves of mint and a slice of lemon or lime and voila, ready to serve. Perfect for picnics, celebrations or everyday refreshment. So delish!

Lets get cooking!

ONLY A FEW MOMENTS SPENT IN THE KITCHEN AND YOU WILL HAVE THIS FANTASTIC DISH IN FRONT OF YOU.
  • makes
    2
    liters
  • preparation:
    30
    minutes
  • cooking:
    20
    minutes

METHOD

  • the day before cooking

    Clean the elderflower heads, to loosen any dirt or bugs. Fill the saucepan with 2 litres of cold water, put in the elderflower heads. Pare the zest from the lemons using a potato peeler, then squeeze the juice out of two lemons. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the elderflowers. Cover with a lid and leave to infuse for 16 - 36 hours.

    Tip
    Never leave more than 36 hours because the elderflower will start to rot.
  • elderflower cordial

    Line a colander with a clean kitchen towel, then sit it over a large saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to a simmer, over a medium high heat. Set aside, add the citric acid.

  • Use a funnel and a ladle to fill sterilized bottles. The elderflower cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in a cold, dark place for up to a year.

    Tip
    Place the bottles in a boiling pot of water. When the water comes back to a boil, set the timer for 5 minutes and remove the jars immediately. Add the elderflower cordial to the bottles, make sure the lids pop down and store.

Elderflower in spring

Elderflower cordial in a glass with lemon

Preparation of Elderflower cordial, cleaning the elderflower

 

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