I love elderflower cordial and I seem to spend a lot of money on buying it from the supermarket.
Seeing as homemade versions of these things nearly always taste better, I was looking forward to making my own this year.
And after seeing how easy it was and how lovely the results were from only 4 ingredients, I’m not sure why I haven’t done it sooner!
I was very happy to discover lots of elderflower bushes bordering our school field so I sent my kids out to fill some carrier bags for me!
I feel I should warn you that the freshly picked elderflower heads have a very pungent smell!
You can do so much with this cordial once it is ready. On a hot day, it is the ultimate thrist quencher mixed with cold sparkling water or lemonade and served with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
You can also make it a bit more adult by adding it to a white wine spritzer, gin, vodka or my personal favourite which is in some champagne or prosecco.
Another idea I have seen is to freeze the cordial in ice cube trays so you can just pop them into sparkling water when you want them and it ensures the drink will be ice cold.
Elderflower cordial does not just have to be limited to drinks either. You can use it to flavour ice cream and sorbet, drizzle it over strawberries, make a jelly or a jam from it or even add a glug into your next crumble…endless possibilities!
About 30 elderflower heads
4 lemons, juice and zest
1kg of caster sugar
1 litre of water
How to make it
- Shake the flower heads to get rid of any lingering bugs
- Strip the little white flowers from the stems and put in a large saucepan
- Add the juice and zest of the lemons into the pan
- Stir it up so the lemon mixes throughout the flower heads
- In a separate pan, add the sugar and water and cook on a high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the water goes clear
- Allow it to boil for a few minutes
- Pour the syrup over the elderflowers and lemons and stir
- Pop a lid on the pan and allow to ‘brew’ for about 3 days
- After 3 days, pass the liquid through a fine sieve and bottle it
- I got this much from the amount above
- Enjoy on a hot summer’s day…if we ever get one!