THE ELDERFLOWERS ARE HERE! But you must be quick, they'll be gone soon and once again you'll have no elderflower cordial. Makeup loads of batches and keep them in a cool store cupboard in glass bottles and they'll easily last until next year as long as you don't drink it all! Elderflower grows commonly throughout the countryside. It is a large white flower and grows on trees. It smells beautiful and sweet. Don't mix it up with Cow Parsley which is the common flower you see in the hedgerows growing on stalks from a tall, green, slightly hairy main stem. Note: you will need glass bottles with screw top lids to put it into afterwards.
- Put your sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Try to dissolve as much sugar as possible by stirring as it heats.
- Add Elderflower, citric acid, lemon zest and sliced lemons.
- Allow to sit for 24 hours.
- Before bottling, put bottles in oven at 80c to sterilise the bottles.
- Then put elderflower through a very fine sieve or even muslin to take out all the bits.
- Bottle over sink (to catch the sticky drips) into heated bottles and put on lids immediately.
- To drink, dilute 1:8 with water.
- It is even more delicious diluted with sparkling water or for those special occasions, Champagne!