The British hedgerow is a treasure trove of many a thing, including elderflower. The gorgeous white blossoms unmistakable from their aroma, are in peak season at the moment so make the most of them whilst you can get your hands on them.
We went out for a lovely dog walk, up in Eartham Woods, home to trees full of elderflowers, perfect for picking as there is little pollution up there. Take a bag or a basket and pick your self happy.
But on to the cordial for now. Its simple, requires a little effort and is so rewarding. It tastes exactly like the shop bought cordials, only a lot cheaper!
(you will need a muslin square, a large saucepan and sterilised jars to bottle up in)
- 120g elderflowers, washed thoroughly, stripped from their stems
- 2.5l boiling water
- 2kg white sugar
- 50g tartaric acid
- 2 lemons, sliced
- Wrap the elderflowers in the muslin square and tie into a handkerchief.
- Put the sugar in a large pan and pour over the boiling water, stir until dissolved.
- Leave to cool slightly before adding the elderflowers, lemons and tartaric acid.
- Cover and leave to infuse for 2 days, give the flowers a stir and press every so often.
- Take out the elderflowers and lemon, stir and then bottle up.
This cordial has so many uses but the most obvious is a refreshing elderflower spritz, to do this use a ratio of 1:4 cordial to sparkling water, fill a glass with ice, add the cordial, a slice of lemon and pour over the sparking water.
Sip on a summers day and enjoy!