Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Elderflower cordial

This is a really quick post because it’s a beautiful sunny day and I really don’t want to be lurking about inside.

I made this elderflower cordial recipe earlier this week and it’s completely delicious, without the sickly taste of the shop bought stuff and I will definitely be making more. It’s also more versatile and less likely to explode than elderflower champagne.

(I’m not joking about the exploding bit, a girlfriend gave me a bottle as a gift, 3 days later, at 11pm I had a hysterical phone call which sounded like an impression of Scotty from Star-Trek: “It can’t take the pressure!! You have to release the pressure!!”)

  •  30 Elderflower heads
  • 1.7litres (3 pints) boiling water
  • 900g Caster sugar
  • 50g Citric Acid (I thought this would be difficult to get hold of but turns out local pharmacies stock it)
  • 2 un-waxed oranges
  • 3 un-waxed lemons
  1. Gently rinse the flowers to remove dirt or more likely bugs.
  2. Put the sugar in a large mixing bowl, pour over hot water and stir until dissolved, then leave to cool.
  3. Add citric acid, sliced citrus fruit and flowers
  4. Leave for 24 hours.
  5. Strain (I’d recommend a jelly bag or muslin to catch any of the teeny creepy crawlies which may have escaped initial wash) into sterilized bottles.

That’s it. Tastes great and involves minimal effort for maximum results.

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