So yesterday we heard all about the delights of strawberries and today we hand over again to Grandad Gray for a little lesson in how to use all those lovely elderflowers that are growing everywhere! As these are wild Team Pugh can enter into this one as……. it requires no growing skills.
‘Another simple but very tasty product which anyone can make this time of the year is elderflower cordial. I remember we made this for Ian and Rebekah’s (that’s Becksie to our readers) wedding and it went down a real treat. At the moment the elders are in full bloom so it is the ideal opportunity. You will need:
40 elderflowers in full white bloom (shake to remove any insects)
55grams citric acid
2 litre boiling water
Large clean bowl or bucket
Melt the sugar and citric acid in the boiling water. Add grated and mashed lemon and elderflowers and stir with wooden spoon. Cover with clean tea towel and leave for 48 hours. Strain (I use jelly bag) and bottle in clean bottles.
This will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 weeks. Just then dilute just as you would orange squash.
I usually freeze many bottles and defrost to use throughout the year. If you freeze do not overfill the bottles as the liquid expands as it freezes. If you buy sparkling water to add to the cordial this is very refreshing. The cordial also makes a great liquor to add to fresh fruit salad.