Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Elderflower Cordial time

Its that time of year again.....elderflowers are out! 

Elderflower cordial is one of my favourite drinks, so i always end up making litres and litres of it. It costs little to make, is quick to make, is exciting to make and is very rewarding with a little bit of sparkling water on a summers day.

This year I have used a recipe from river cottage, I like to experiment with the amount of lemons and flowers I add, making it to suit my taste....


  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid (optional)

What to do

Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.

Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).

Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a
couple of minutes.

Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles
with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

Please see the river cottage website for all you need to know!

Happy summer drinking!

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