Elderflower is one of my all time favourite foraged treats and the best thing to make with it is cordial… This simple recipe is not only delicious but the syrup can be added to other dishes and used to create even more yummy treats. That’s if you don’t drink it all first!
Here is my favourite and most simplest recipe for cordial…
Makes approximately 1 large bottle
- 12 elderflower heads
- 1 large lemon
- 750g of granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of citric acid
Shake the elderflower heads to get rid of any dust or insects and put them into a large bowl or sterilised bucket.
Peel off the zest from the lemon in thick strips and thinly slice the lemon, add them to the bowl with the elderflower.
Put the sugar and 600ml of water in a large saucepan and heat slowly, stirring gently until the sugar has dissolved. Then bring to the boil.
Pour the boiling syrup over the elderflowers and lemon and stir well, then stir in the citric acid. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to stand for 24 hours.
Strain through a muslin into a clean bowl and then pour into clean bottles. Seal, label and store in the fridge.
Keeps for 3 months!