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Homemade Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

For me, elderflower cordial is the taste of childhood summers – holidays that seemed like they would never end, the feel of sun-warmed grass on your bare feet, barbecues and picnics and going to the beach after school. I couldn’t possibly imagine a summer without it. These days, you can buy plenty of good versions in the supermarket, but nothing quite beats the homemade stuff – and if you haven’t made it before, you’ll be pleased to know it’s really easy. The only tricky part can be tracking down the citric acid, but if you have a good independent pharmacist in your town, that’s a pretty good bet.

A quick note on picking the flowers – make sure you don’t pick any below waist-height, to avoid any doggy business, and go for flowers that are large and without too many brown patches. And finally, please make sure that what you’re picking is in fact elderflower – cow parsley looks quite like it, but grows on a stalk rather than a bush or a tree, and really doesn’t taste as good. Keep it smart, people!

PS Apologies for the fact that the ingredients are in old money – it’s a very old family recipe…

Elderflower Cordial

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Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 heads of elderflower
  • 3.5lb white sugar (approximately 1,575g)
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 oz citric acid (50g)
  • 3 pints of boiling water (approximately 1.7l)
  • You'll also need a muslin bag or large coffee filters, to strain the end product – a sieve won’t be fine enough to keep all the bits out

Instructions

1

Boil up the water, and in a large saucepan mix with the sugar until dissolved.

2

Add the citric acid, sliced lemons and elderflower heads, stirring to make sure they’re submerged, and then pop a lid on the saucepan and leave for 24 hours, stirring every now and then.

3

When 24 hours have passed, strain the liquid using a muslin bag or coffee filters, and store in bottles. You can keep it in the fridge for a week or so, or you can freeze it.

4

Dilute with water to serve, in the same sort of proportions as you would for squash. Serve with plenty of ice and lemon. Cheers!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Charlotte Oates
    29th June 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I love elderflower, it's so refreshing and summery. I'd love to try making my own cordial but I just wouldn't trust myself to pick the right thing.

  • Reply
    MissPond
    2nd July 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I love elderflower cordial, I really need to get foraging so I can make my own! Glad you found the citric acid in the end 🙂
    Miss Pond | Manchester Based Lifestyle Blog

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