14 June 2011

Elderflower Cordial

Tonight after diner we went picking elderflowers in Uncle Johns fields to make cordial so I thought I'd share the recipe with you.


But first a note on the flowers. Pick the flowers early. Not too early that the flowers haven't opened, but not too late that they have started to turn brown and smell of cats wee.


 For 1 litre of cordial, you need to pick about 20 large flower heads.


The best flowers are often quite high so unless you want to carry a ladder/chair with you, I find it best to use scissors and 'jump and snip' so that they fall to the ground. Maggie then gathered and counted.


Use a heavy based large pan over a high heat. To 1 litre of boiling water, add 1.8kg of caster sugar and stir over the heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Zest and juice 2 lemons, then slice and add to pan. Add 75g of citric acid and the elderflower heads. Leave to infuse for 24 hours. Strain through muslin and pour into steralised bottles. Done. Easy peasy hey and a lovely gift.


This is where we walked home to our barn with our elderflowers.


5 comments:

Michelle @ RockMYRoll said...

Yuuumo...
Cats wee cordial...i dunno...
Mxoxoxo

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Sorry...didn't get past the cats piss comment.....hilarious!!

Kirsty said...

Hey there, thanks for posting this recipe - Elderflower cordial is my absolute favourite and its well expensive to buy in the shops. You know what - its brilliant used as a syrup to pour over fresh fruit - strawberries, rasberries etc (just dont use too much). Its also FAB in Gin and Tonic (just a splash tho). I am defo going to use this recipe and make some for myself. Lovely pics too ! :-) Thanks !! xxx

Carly Findlay said...

Elderflower is a fave drink of mine :) It reminds me of Tasmania. Thanks fr sharing the recipe :)

delia hornbook said...

awww hun i was so chuffed with my bottle you gave me and its bloody gorgeous. I am going on the hunt for elderflowers tomorrow ;-)) dee xxx

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