Making drinks Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

How beautifully the sight of delicate, frothy white elderflowcr blossoms and their sappy, sweet scent conjures up the month ofJune! I used to make this cordial in small quantities and drink it for only a few weeks each year; now I freeze plenty to ensure that a whiff of early summer is possible throughout the year. I have tried a few versions but this is my favourite.

Making drinks Elderflower Cordial

Ingredients :

  1. 1.8kg (41b) sugar
  2. 1.8 litres (3 pints) very hot water
  3. 25 elderflower sprays
  4. 1 tbsp citric acid 
  5. 3 limes
  6. 1 lemon

Instructions :

1. Put the sugar into a preserving pan and pour on the hot water, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cool for 20 minutes.
2. Meantime, shake the flower heads over the sink to remove any dust or insects, then swish them gently in a bowl of cool water. Strain and shake until semi-dry.
3. Using small sharp scissors, carefully snip off all the main stalks and as many of the medium-sized ones as you have time to do, leaving only the floral sprigs.
4. Push the flowers down into the warm sugar syrup and add the citric acid. Stir.
5. Pare one-third of the thin outer rind from the fruit and add to the pan, then slice the semi-pcclcd fruit and add it, too.
6. Stir everything together, cover tightly and keep in a cool, dark place for 24 hours.
7. Strain through muslin into a clean pan and bottle.

Preparation method :

  1. Freezes well in small plastic drinks bottles - don’tfill completely whenfreezing though; leave some roomfor thefrozen liquid to expand.
  2. Be careful when opening older bottles of cordial, as they may have started toferment. To avoid this, keep them very cold, drink up quickly orfreeze until needed.
  3. Make up the cordial with sparkling as well as still water.
  4. think the perfumed nature of limes works effectively;you can of course substitute lemons, usingfewer, as they tend to be larger and sharper.
  5. Addpeeled, thickly grated root ginger (6cm/2/iin in size) at the same stage asyou dissolve the sugar, to add a subtle peppery, earthy note to the cordial.
  6. Combine thefinished cordial with chilled dry (brut) sparkling winefor a simple but wonderftd a penif- cava works particularly well as it isfairly neutral.
  7. Make elderjlower cocktails with cordial andgin or vodka, plus a splash of lemon or limejuice.always add a sprig of lightly bruisedfresh mint.
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