This is as easy recipe to make and an beautiful way to enjoy the luscious taste of Elderflower.
Go gathering the umbels on a dry day so the delicate flowers are not subject to damage or mold. Try to use the flowers straight away as the beautiful scent will fade quickly once picked ...so leave enough time to get brewing afterwards.
For this simple recipe you will need:
- 1 litre of Elderflowers (enough to tightly fill two pint glasses, with larger stems removed)
- Unwaxed lemons (zest and juice)
- Granulated sugar
Start by shaking the flowers to ensure no insects are hiding there, but DO NOT WASH
Cover the flowers with water, add desired quantity of lemon zest and simmer gently for 30 to 45 minutes at a low heat, ensuring the flowers are kept covered with liquid the entire time
Strain into a measuring jug through muslin or a filter making note of the liquid quantity
Add 350 gms of sugar and juice of half a lemon for every half litre of liquid
heat very gently until the sugar has melted. Use a spoon to strain off any surface scum
Pour into clean sterilised bottles and enjoy
This cordial will keep for around 2 weeks in the fridge.
SUMMER IN A BOTTLE