Way back in June I had a wonderful first week of my uni holidays with elderflowers. There were a few bushes on a walk round beautiful Wicken Fen (which also has a great cafe). It’s always worth having a carrier bag in your pocket for these occasions…
I tried a couple of recipes this year to compare, and the winner was:
- 20 heads of elderflower
- 2 lemons
- 1.8kg sugar
- 1.2l water
- 75g citric acid (from a pharmacy or Cutlacks-equivalent)
- Heat the sugar and water until dissolved
- Slice the lemon and remove as much of the elder stalk as possible
- Pour the sugar syrup over, and add the citric acid.
- Leave for 2 days and then strain through a J-cloth (or muslin if you have one) that has been cleaned with boiling water
This year’s slight disaster was that the sugar all sank to the bottom and un-dissolved itself, leaving this rock-hard sugary base in my saucepan and bowl. The cordial was still delicious even with less sugar in the final mixture.
I sterilised and re-used wine bottles to store it and made little labels for the bottles I was giving away as presents.