Yummy Recipes

Elderflower Cordial – A perfect summer drink

Elderflower Cordial is without a doubt one of the quintessential flavours of the English summer. It tastes so good and is the perfect accompaniment to a cream tea, another tasty English tradition! What most people don’t realise though is that it is seriously easy to make, and costs next to nothing. Buying it in the shops is expensive but you can make 4-5 bottles worth for less than you would pay for one shop brought one. It also tastes so much better as well!

Elderflowers grow abundantly here in England and you can easily forage for them. It would be worth a journey around the local park to get some because there is so much you can do with them and they are free! I would avoid getting them from the sides of roads if you can because you wouldn’t want them to be covered with the traffic fumes if you can avoid it. It is one easy way to be a little more self-sufficient even in the city!

Here is how you make the Elderflower Cordial:

Ingredients

25-30 Elderflower heads (washed)

2.5kg granulated sugar (mostly because it is cheaper than caster sugar!)

2 unwaxed lemons (waxed ones give a waxy texture so are best avoided!)

80g citric acid (can be brought in most pharmacies)

1.75 litres of water

 

Method

  1. Using the largest saucepan you can find and put the water in it with the sugar. Place it on low heat and warm it until the sugar has dissolved but do not let it start boiling. Stir it occasionally to make sure all the sugar is dissolving.
  2. Whilst the sugar is dissolving grate the zest from the lemons and then slice them.
  3. Once all the sugar has dissolved bring the pan to a boil and then take it off the heat. Add the flowers, lemons, and citric acid to the sugar water and give it a good stir.
  4. Cover over the pan and leave it to infuse for 24 hours.
  5. Line a colander with a clean tea towel and use this to transfer the mixture into a large clean bowl. Allow it to trickle through slowly. It will be quite thick because of the sugar!
  6. From here transfer into sterilised bottles. Your elderflower cordial is now ready to enjoy!

This recipe will keep for about 6-7 weeks in the fridge but it can be frozen as well. I freeze it into ice cube trays and then just take a cube out when I need one. It also has the advantage of being ready chilled then!