We know you love a recipe, especially when it’s for something you can pick out in the wild, so here’s how to make elderflower cordial. This is a lovely recipe to share with you from The Old Bakehouse Cookery
Tips: Rather than wash your elderflower, just give them a gentle shake and check for insects.
- 15 elderflower heads in bloom (not those growing near
roads, try to find some pollution free trees!)
- 2 lemons, sliced
- 4 tbsp citric acid (can be bought on the internet; get
‘food grade’ quality)
- 2.5L water
- 1kg sugar (6) – it does make 3 litres of cordial
- Put the flower heads, sugar, lemon slices, citric acid &
water into a large pan & bring to the boil.
- Cover & leave to steep overnight (or at least a few
- Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth & squeeze
- Return the liquid to the large pan and add the sugar.
- Bring to the boil again, stirring until the sugar
dissolves. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, sterilise some glass bottles (3x1L
bottles), lids and all the utensils you’ll need to transfer
the cordial into the bottles.
- Bottle up the cordial while still hot.
- Store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate once
- Best enjoyed with the sparkling water (or Prosecco!)
- Add extra lemon if you like.
I’ve also found an alternative recipe which you can find over at Alice Through the Year. Alice is a wonderful teacher and has some great recipes to share, plus she offers in person courses, and these aren’t just any courses, they’re personal and truly unique. Go and take a look.