*Edited- Silly WordPress lost my final draft and uploaded an old draft.
I love elderflowers, it has one of the most refreshing tastes. Whether it’s elderflower champaign, elderflower sorbet or elderflower cordial to me it is the most refreshing spring drink. I almost screwed up this year and missed out on the season. Life had gotten busy and I just hadn’t made it to go foraging for them. So last week I panicked and my husband and I went driving around to find that last flowers of the season. We were in luck thanks to the determination of my husband. I love making homemade cordials so simple and a lovely way to use unique ingredients that you can forage for making it cheap option as well.
800g (4 c.) granulated sugar, or caster sugar
600mL (2 1/2 c.) water
1 unwaxed lemons
38g (1.2 oz) citric acid
Put the sugar into a pan with the water and bring up to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Pour over the boiling syrup, and then stir in the citric acid. Cover with a cloth and then leave at room temperature for 24 hours.
Pour the cordial slowly through the muslin. Once you are done you should have all of the ingredients nicely captured in the muslin and a clean cordial.
With a funnel carefully pour cordial into plastic or glass bottles with a tight fitting lid.
Store in the cupboard ready to use.
To serve Elderflower Cordial dilute the elderflower cordial to taste with fizzy water, and serve over ice with a slice or two of lemon, or a sprig of mint floating on top.