Elderflower Cordial

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How to make elderflower cordial. Ask the Beavers what they think will happen when the sugar is added to the water.


•1.5kg sugar
•1.5 litres boiling water
•2 medium unwaxed lemons, washed
•30 large Elderflower heads, shake to remove any insects
•50g citric acid (available from a chemist)


Pick flower heads in away from polluted roads. The blooms should not be full blown. Choose those most sweetly perfumed. Briefly dip them into a bowl of cold water to dislodge any insect life. Shake the water off.

•Place the sugar into a large saucepan/stockpot or a large Pyrex bowl. Pour the boiling water over and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and leave to cool.
•Grate the rind of the lemons with a fine grater, add to the sugar water.
•Slice the lemons and add to the water. Add the citric acid and stir, then finally add the flower heads to the water and stir again.
•Cover with a clean cloth and leave to steep for 48 hours.
•Strain through clean fine muslin cloth into a clean bowl.
•Using a funnel, fill sterilized bottles. Seal and store in a cool, dark place (not the refrigerator)/or freeze.
The cordial is delicious diluted with still or fizzy water or used as a flavoring in ice creams or in fruit fools.

Once a bottle is opened store in the refrigerator.


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