Week two in the Uk. We stay in the country side. Along the drives up to the house, many Elderflowers bushes in the hedgerow. I always enjoy drinking Elderflower cordial, and June is the best time to collect the flowers. So I take the opportunity to ask Aunty Pat (my mother in law's sister) the recipe, since last year she gave us a bottle of her home made. I reduce the sugar and add more elderflower heads to enhance fragrance.
2 pt (1.2 L) of boiled water
1 lbs (600 gr) sugar
30 fully bloom Elderflower head
2 lemon, use the peel and the juice
45 mg citric acid
- Shake the flower head to ensure no insect remain inside the flower.
- Remove the stalk and immerse in cold water, strain and put in a bowl
- Take the zest of the lemon with potato peeler or with paring knife leave the lemon to take the juice the following morning.
- Pour in the boiled water over elderflower and the lemon peel
- Leave it cool and cover with cling film
- The next morning, add the lemon juice in the mixture and put it through the sieve or muslin cloth
- Add in the sugar and citric acid and bring it to the boil and remove immediately from the heat.
- Leave it to cool before storing it in sterilised bottle.
- Serve with cold water or hot water, even use it as a mixture in your cocktail as many cocktail recipe suggested.