Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial Now (June) is the perfect time to pick elder flowers to make Elderflower corial. Best not pick flowers close to a road or railway track due to pollution.

Pick the flowers when they’ve opened i.e still with lots of pollen. Flowers that have not opened or have passed over do not give good flavour.

 

Cut 30 heads of elderflowers into a large sterilised bowl or bucket, add 2 sliced lemons (non waxed ones) and 1.5 kg of Sugar, mixed with 50g citric acid (you can buy this from the chemist). Pour on 1.5 litre of boiling water and leave for 5 days to mature, stirring everyday. Elderflowers and lemon

 

Then strain with a seive to seperate the juice. Elderflower cordial straining juice   Elderflower collecting concentrate 

and pour into clean and sterilised bottles. Pour the Elderflower in to bottles

 

The Elderflower cordial concentrate can be kept in screw top bottles for about a year. The 30 flower heads made this much cordial Home made elderflower cordail

 

Serve mixed with sparkling water, slices of lemon and ice – delicious

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