Elderflower Cordial

Saturday, 4 July 2015

It's summer and because I live in the countryside I'm lucky to be surrounded by lots of white blooming Elder flower trees (or Elder trees?). I've always been one to try and make the most of what's around me... especially when it comes to 
food, and I could not resist to try a simple little recipe for Elder Flower Cordial.(Especially when they look so pretty and dainty).

25 large elder flower heads
3 lemons (zest and juice)
1 large orange
500g sugar

Inspect the elder flower heads carefully and remove any insects or dirt, ensuring only the cleanest, best looking flowers.

Place these in a bowl.

Grate the 3 lemons and 1 orange to remove the zest.

Squeeze these lemons and orange and refrigerate for use the next day.

Mix the elder flowers and zests in a bowl.

Boil 1.5 litres of water in a large saucepan.

Once boiling, add the elder flowers and zest to the saucepan, turn off and remove from the heat/hob.
Cover and allow this to infuse overnight.

Strain the liquid using a fine sieve (to remove the flowers , zest and other particles. The liquid should be yellow.

Return the fragrant liquid to a saucepan, add the sugar and the citrus juice, and heat until the sugar has melted. 
Simmer for a few minutes.

Pour the liquid into sterile bottles, freeze as ice cubes or place in jugs for use once cooled.
Add undiluted to fruit salads, dilute one part cordial to two parts water and freeze as ice lollies... or enjoy ice cold as a sweet, refreshing drink.

☼  Enjoy!! ☼

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