Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Elderflower Cordial

Its that time of year again when the Elderflower bushes are all in bloom. Its very easy to make your own cordial.

30 x flower heads from a bush cut in the sunshine
3 x lemons
1 x 60g packet of citric acid
1 kg of sugar

You will also need 2 big pans and a bit of net curtain or a pop-sock or half a pair of tights for straining the flowers through.

  • Put the flower heads and lemons cut into quarters into the pan.
  • Cover with boiling water, bring to the boil and leave over-night.
  • Fish out the bulk of the flowers and lemons with your fingers and put them in the bin.
  • Attach the pop-sock over a jug so that only the poring lip of the jug escapes the sock. In this way you can pour the unfiltered brew into the sock then pour filterd liqued out of the jug into a second pan. 
  • Pour all the Elderflower tea a bit at a time into the filtering jug described above. 
  • Add the sugar and citric acid to the filtered brew and bring to the boil.
  • Allow it to cool and bottle it.
You can now use it diluted like you would any squash.

Mmm a taste of summer. Make up a jug of it chilled with slices of lemon and ice cubes or use fizzy water.

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