Well with the weather as it is I figured there was nothing for it than to make some elderflower cordial in hope that it brings the sunshine out… come back summer!
I love the taste of elderflower and I have always wanted to make my own cordial, with our very own elder tree sitting in the corner of the garden I didn’t need much persuading. It is not a very old tree and this is the first year it has flowered so well.
Caleb puss watched intently, as I snipped away and gathered the flower heads.
For this recipe I used:
1kg Sugar ~ 1.5 litres of boiling water ~ 3 lemons washed ~ 30 large elderflower heads (shake to remove insects) ~ 50g of citric acid (available from the chemist)
1. Put the sugar in a large bowl and add the boiling water, stir until completely dissolved, then leave to cool.
2. Grate the lemons with a fine grater and slice them into thick slices, before adding to the solution.
3. Stir in the citric acid and then the flower heads.
Ayla woke up from her afternoon nap just in time to help add the elderflowers, (a toddler isn’t necessary for this stage… but it does add to the excitement!)
4. Cover the mixture with a clean cloth and leave to steep, I left my solution for about 24 hours but you can leave it up to 48 hours if you like.
5. Using a muslin cloth (baby muslin) I strained the mixture into a clean pan. (A large elastic band can help to hold the cloth in place)
6. Finally using either a funnel or a jug, decant into your bottles which should be sterilised (you can do this in the oven or using a sterilising solution)
This recipe made up nearly two bottles which is perfect as I wanted to give a bottle to my mum and there are still plenty of flowers on the tree for a second batch.
Then all that was left to do was add water to a jug with a good helping of elderflower cordial, mix and wait for the Sun to come out for a truly refreshing drink and a taste of British summer!