I’ve missed the boat a little on this one I’m afraid. Is there anything more Summery or more British than a glass of Elderflower cordial? Pimms or Wimbledon perhaps. My Mum makes this every summer, but this year I thought I’d make my own. You might be lucky enough to still have some Elderflowers around near you, but if not- bookmark this recipe for next year!
To make 4 litres of cordial (a lot!), you will need:
- 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
- 2 unwaxed lemons
- 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed (from a nearby, not too road polluted hedgerow!)
- 85g citric acid (from chemists or mine came from the local health food shop)
- Add the sugar and 1.5 litres of water to the largest pan you own and heat gently on the hob until the sugar dissolves- don’t let this boil.
- Whilst waiting for the syrup to form, prepare the lemons- pare the rind using a vegetable peeler, and then slice what is left into rounds.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat, and add the lemons and citric acid. Clean the elderflowers of dirt, bugs and pollution by giving them a quick swirl in a bowl of cold water before adding to the syrup mixture with the thick stalks removed.
- Stir well and leave to infuse for around 24 hours.
- Strain the cordial through an old tea towel to remove all pieces and petals of Elderflower.
- Transfer to clean, sterilised glass bottles, seal and refrigerate.
- The cordial should keep in the fridge for around 6 weeks- enjoy!
And there you have it, an easy summer drink all ready to go. I just have bottles of the stuff now!
Thanks to a free summer drinks guide from Waitrose, I have a host of Elderflower cocktail ideas lined up, so watch this space. Trying them all will be a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…
Based on the recipe from BBC Good Food here.