Elderflower Cordial Recipe May 30 2014

There’s nothing that announces the start of the summer more than the scent of Elderflower in the air. 

The season has arrived in fine fettle with a flourish of perfect white blossoms.

Gabriella of Mangia Bene Blog suggested we drive to Ditching, and after wandering around for a while, picking the odd flower head here and there, we finally found a well laden elderflower bush and set to work collecting the flower heads. 

If you haven’t found time to make elderflower cordial yet this year, make it a priority. There’s nothing tastier at this time of year than sparkling water with a hint of sweet cordial.  

Here’s my elderflower cordial recipe, adapted over the last few years of trying out dozens of recipes:

10 large elderflower heads 

1 1/2 pints boiling water

1 1/2 lb caster sugar

4 lemons, all zest removed and the lemons sliced

Remove the big bits of stalk and put the elderflower heads and sugar into a bowl or large pan. Pour the boiling water over and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t be put off by the weird smell. Add your lemon zest and slices. 

Cover with a clean, damp cloth and leave in a cool, dark place for 48 hours. 

It will soon start to smell wonderful. 

Once your 48 hours are up, sterilise some clean bottles by pouring boiling water into and over them. Then empty and leave to cool a bit. 

Use a muslin lined funnel to pour the elderflower cordial into the bottles. Then enjoy! 

And if you enjoy this then you'll love our Elderflower ice cubes even more! The perfect way to pep up a gin and tonic at this time of year...  


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