We said we would put up our recipes as the blossoms, fruits or berries come into season. This is for Elderflower Cordial. The blossom this year is superb and we made another batch of cordial today. The recipe is straightforward and simple.
25- 35 clusters of Elderflower blossoms
3 Unwaxed Lemons
1lb Caster Sugar
2-3 pints Boiling Water
2-3 oz. Citric Acid – if you are going to keep the cordial for a while. You will need some glass bottles with stoppers or screw tops; weighing scales , large bowl, measuring jug, food processor, muslin to strain the cordial, grater.
Shake the blossoms to get rid of any small insects.
Grate the peel of the lemons;cut two of them into slices and put to one side
Make a syrup by putting the sugar into a saucepan and pour the boiling water over it.Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.Keep it hot.
Put the third lemon into the food processor with a small amount of the syrup and blend for a minute.
Cut off the stalks from the blossoms and place in a large bowl. Add the grated lemon peel, plus the lemon slices, the blended lemon and the citric acid.
Pour the hot syrup over the flower heads and stir well and leave to cool. You can leave the mixture for 24-48 hours, giving it the odd stir .
Strain the cordial through the muslin or a fine sieve and squeeze all the moisture from the blossoms.
Pour into bottles and store.
Dilute as required with water or add soda water if you prefer.