Every season I go foraging for anything & everything I can! I love how God provides all of these things in nature for us to eat or use medicinally, but so many people take it for granted or have no idea it’s even out there. Ever since I saw a recipe for elderflower cordial I wanted to try it! I’m slightly obsessed with English country life & the English are famous for making cordials. It’s basically a floral or fruit flavored simple syrup that you dilute with tonic or sparkling water.
40 elderflower heads
1.5 kilograms sugar
50 grams citric acid (or about 25 vitamin C pills crushed & disolved)
- Shake the elderflower heads to dislodge any little bugs, try not to rinse it as it bruises the flowers and affects the taste
- Put them into a large pan (I use my preserving pan), add the grated zest of the lemons and then the lemons themselves thinly sliced.
- Put the sugar and 1.2 litres of water into a pan and bring to the boil, slowly. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Stir in the citric acid (I buy mine in our wholefood shop, Boots and other chemists sell it too) and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Pour the sugar syrup over the elderflowers and lemon and then leave the whole brew somewhere cool for 24 hours to steep
- Strain through a sieve lined with muslin and bottle in sterilised bottles
- Seal and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months