Elderflowers and lemons
I have made my own elderflower cordial for years now and it's always loved by family and friends. It now seems a very fashionable drink to buy in supermarkets and stores,often at a wonderfully expensive price. But it only costs a few lemons and a bag of sugar to make several bottles and its so easy too!
This is my own very easy version and it does taste delicious!
Five large sprays of Elderflower heads, the size of your hand. Make sure they are fresh, just open flowers and wonderfully perfumed. This adds to the experience of making your own cordial! Discard any flowers that are already going brown or dying!
One bag of granulated sugar 2lbs 2 ozs
Citric Acid Can be purchased from a chemist of pharmacy. Use two to three teaspoons.
In a large bowl place the sugar.. Next half the lemons and squeeze their juice over the sugar in the bowl, after that throw in the whole lemon pieces too! Now place your elderflowers on top. Add two to three teaspoons of Cirtic Acid and cover with hot boiling water. Stir well.
Now the hard part, cover it with a plate and leave it for 24 hours. It's that easy!
Toimorrow strain the mixture well and pour into bottles with tops.
Now your cordial is ready to drink. Pour into glasses on top of ice cubes, add cold water and sprigs of mint to decorate or add slices of fresh lemon.
Be warned the sugar content means this is not calorie free but you can add less if you wish. In fact you can vary the recipe however you like with more lemons, less or no citric acid which gives the sharp, refreshing, sherbet flavouring.
It's yummy,easy to make and so much cheaper than buying from a shop.
To me the very best part is walking my dog Bailey to look for the elderflowers at this time of year!