As part of the amazing 30 Days Wild, we are bringing you this super easy Elderflower Cordial Recipe.
June is the perfect month for this recipe as the elderflower is in full bloom. When picking elderflower, be sure to only pick the fresh new flowers, any that are starting to turn will smell a bit different and won’t give that lovely heady aroma that’s so typical for elderflower. This time of year, it really grows everywhere, but I would always choose a location away from busy roads where there’s likely to be a lot of pollution.
What you’ll need – Ingredients
20x elderflower bunches, stems removed
1.5 litres of water
2.5 kg of sugar
2x unwaxed lemons
50g citric acid (from the chemist)
2 to 3 empty wine bottles with lid
In a large saucepan heat up the water and sugar gently. Stir occasionally until all the sugar is dissolved. In the meantime, prepare the lemons by zesting them and slicing them after.
When the sugar is dissolved, turn up the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Then turn the heat off, add the lemons, lemon zest and citric acid to the mix. Check the Elderflowers for bugs and trim away the bigger stems and add them to the mixture. Give it a good stir and cover to leave for 24 hours.
Some recipes recommend washing the Elderflower under cold water but I think that removes too much of the lovely aroma and you are putting them in boiling hot water after all.
The next day, scoop out the lemons and elderflower and then strain into a large measuring jug through a cloth to remove any tiny bits in your cordial. At the same time prepare 2 or 3 empty wine bottles by giving them a quick rinse and filling them with boiling water from the kettle to sterilise them. When your cordial is strained and ready to pour, just empty each wine bottle and fill right away with your cordial. As you’re using a measuring jug, you shouldn’t need a funnel for this.
Keep your cordial in the fridge and enjoy for about six weeks; in a refreshing soft drink simply mixed with water and maybe a little fresh mint if you have some, or try adding it to a glass of prosecco or white wine.
Have you tried it? How did you get on? What did you mix it with? Do let us know in the comments below!