The elderflower season is almost over, so if you’re thinking of making a batch of Elderflower Cordial this year you’re going to have to be quick!
You need very few ingredients for making your Elderflower Cordial:
- Elderflower heads
- Lemon juice (and citric acid).
Dissolve 1.8kg of sugar in 1.2 litres of water and bring to the boil.
Allow to cool and add 20 heads of Elderflower.
Add a lemon – zested and sliced.
Add 75g or citric acid. You can buycitric acid from the pharmacy – you’ll probably need to ask. I didn’t have any to hand, but I did have a lot of lemons – so I added more than the recipe called for. I don’t think it’s an exact science.
Steep for 24 hours.
Strain through muslin and pour into sterilised bottles – use a funnel to prevent spills.
Store in the fridge.
I’ve read that a good way of storing your Elderflower Cordial is to freeze it into ice cube trays. But I’ve never had any success with this – I’m presuming my recipe is too sugar-rich. This year I added less sugar – probably half of what the recipe stated, because I didn’t have enough left in the bag – and it has frozen successfully.
You can drink your Elderflower Cordial diluted to taste with still or sparkling water. I like adding some to a glass of Prosecco – as a Spritz Hugo - or to my G&T
I’ve found a recipe for Elderflower fizz in Roger Phillips’ Wild Food . After steeping for four days its been bottled. As I write it’s got another three more days for the fizz to develop.
Let me know how you get on with your end of season Elderflower foraging and I’ll swap notes about my fizz success – other otherwise.
Until next time, happy flowers!
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