How to make elderflower cordial. Ask the Beavers what they think will happen when the sugar is added to the water.
â€¢1.5 litres boiling water
â€¢2 medium unwaxed lemons, washed
â€¢30 large Elderflower heads, shake to remove any insects
â€¢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.
â€¢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.
â€¢Grate the rind of the lemons with a fine grater, add to the sugar water.
â€¢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.
â€¢Cover with a clean cloth and leave to steep for 48 hours.
â€¢Strain through clean fine muslin cloth into a clean bowl.
â€¢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.