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How To Make Elderflower Cordial

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To my mind, Spring has finally sprung when the first tender flowers appear on our Elderberry bush and I can look forward to the first batch of Elderflower Cordial fresh from the garden.

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The girls and Cock love to shelter from the sun under the seasonal shade the bush provides in our otherwise tree-less garden. (Oh, how I yearn for an orchard…)

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The delicate, creamy-white flowers make the most divine Elderflower Cordial and, as the flowers very quickly make way for berries, there is a short window of opportunity in which to harvest them.

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The flowers form distinctly separate heads which should be picked in the morning on a dry, sunny day when their aroma will be at its best. Pick a time when you will be able to make the cordial immediately as the flowers are best used within two hours of picking.

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My Elderflower Cordial Recipe

 

You will need: –

15-20 Elderflower heads

1 litre boiling water

1kg granulated sugar

2 large lemons (zest AND juice)

Some recipes call for citric acid as well, but I find using the zest and juice of the lemons works just as well.

 

Shake the flowers to remove any insects and cut off the stalks. Put the flowers in a large bowl.

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Add the sugar to the boiling water in a jug and stir until dissolved, then add the lemon zest and juice.

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Pour the syrup over the elderflowers, cover and leave for 3 days, giving it a good stir each morning and night.

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Strain the mixture through a piece of muslin, squeezing well to capture every lovely drop!

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Decant into sterilized bottles. (To sterilize, wash two one-litre bottles and leave to dry.  Pre-heat an oven to 150′ celsius, lay your bottles on the oven shelf and leave for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before filling.)

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Voilà!  Delicious, homemade, Elderflower Cordial ready to enjoy!  It will keep up to a year in the fridge, although you’ll be doing well if it lasts until the end of the summer holidays if your kids are anything like mine:)

It also makes a lovely gift if presented in swing-top bottles like these with a hand crafted label and gift tag.

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I like it best served with sparkling mineral water (dilute about 1 part cordial to 6 parts water) but it is just as nice made with lemonade apparently – and plenty of ice.

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Endorsed by children everywhere (well, six year old Freddy loves it anyway)…

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There you have it, your very own, not to mention quick and easy, Elderflower Cordial – luvvly jubbly.

 

 

 

Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

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