Make elderflower cordial

With just a few additional, elderflowers can be quickly and easily harvested to make some delicious, tangy cordial.

First fo all you have to find some elderflowers! You can often smell the frothy white blooms of flower heads before you see them, but if you need some help identifying an elder plant, have a look here. You will need to collect about 30 elderflower heads – avoid brownish-looking ones or any that smell like wee! Avoid collecting any from close to roadsides, and remember to give them a shake and a good rinse in cold water before starting to remove any dirt or clinging beasties.

You will also need:

  • 1.5 litres of  boiling water
  • 900g caster sugar
  • 50g citric acid (available from chemists)
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • 3 sliced lemons

You will also need a huge pot or cauldron to prepare the cordial in, as well as a wooden spoon, a muslin cloth or tea towel, a funnel, and a clean bottle with a 2 litre capacity to store the results!

Pop the sugar and citric acid into your pot, and add the boiled water. The lemons and oranges go in next, followed  by the flowers. Give it a good stir then cover with a cloth and put somewhere safe for twenty-four hours, stirring occasionally.

When you’re ready, pour the cordial into your bottle using the muslin or cloth to strain the liquid – you might want to strain a couple of times to remove any tiny bits.

And that’s it! Store in the fridge, ad enjoy it as you would with any diluting juice or cordial. It’s also very tasty with sparkling water (or sparkling wine!).

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