I have always been a big fan of elderflower cordial – Belvoir does a lovely and refreshing version that you can buy in the shops – but I have never got around to making my own. With the local hedgerows filled with the pretty, frothy elderflowers right now I decided there was no excuse this year. With the help of Garden Writer Elspeth Thompson and all the children we made two big batches of elderflower cordial last week.
Here’s the recipe we used:
1.3 litres of water
1.8kg granulated sugar
25 heads of elderflower
2 lemons, sliced
65g citric acid
Add all of the sugar to a large pan with the water. Bring to the boil, take off the heat and add the elderflowers, slices of lemon and citric acid. Leave to infuse for 2 days, strain through a muslin into sterilised bottles.
And here we are bottling the cordial yesterday. I couldn’t find a muslin so we used a pair of tights to strain it – much to the amusement of my son, Will.
Served with sparkling or still chilled water it tastes delicious. Or why not try it with Prosecco as a lovely evening drink as suggested by Elspeth.