Prep 20 mins
Cook 24 hrs
Elderflower cordial has been a staple of tea parties, country house pantries and village fetes for generations. I personally have not tried this recipe but it sounded interesting so I thought I'd share it.
- Shake elderflowers to expel any insects, and then place in large bowl.
- Put sugar into a pan with the water and bring to boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
- While the sugar syrup is heating, pare zest of lemons off in wide strips and toss into bowl with elderflowers. Slice lemons, discard the ends, and add slices to bowl.
- Pour over boiling syrup, and stir in the citric acid. Cover with a cloth and leave at room temp for 24 hours.
- Next day, strain cordial through a sieve lined with muslin (or a new J-Cloth rinsed out in boiling water), and pour into thoroughly cleaned glass or plastic bottles.
- Screw on lids and it's ready to use.
- TO SERVE: Dilute cordial to taste with fizzy water, and serve over ice.