Elderflowers are everywhere in the hedgerows, and cordial is incredibly easy to make, so make the most of it! The addition of lemons and citric acid here give a refreshing zing and also complement both the sweetness of the sugar and floral notes of the flowers.
- June 11, 2018
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- 1.5 litres of water
- 1 kg of sugar
- 30-40 decent-sized elderflower heads
- 50g citric acid
- 3 lemons
- 1 orange
- Step 1
- Shake the flower heads to remove any bugs or dust and, using the tines of a fork, remove the flowers from the heads into a bowl.
- Step 2
- Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat in a good-sized pan.
- Step 3
- Meanwhile peel the lemons and orange and chop the flesh.
- Step 4
- When the sugar is dissolved, bring the pan just up to boiling point, and then turn off the heat.
- Step 5
- Add the flowers, fruit peel and flesh, and citric acid into the pan.
- Step 6
- Leave to steep for 48 hours.
- Step 7
- Decant the liquid through muslin cloth into sterilised bottles.