Summer classic- elderflower cordial. Ideal to sip on when the weather is hot, perfect to be mixed into cocktails, great for baking!
Keyword elderflower cordial, summer drink,
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 1hour
1mediumunwaxed lemon(juice and zest)
500ggranulated or caster sugar
You will need enough elderflowers to fill 1 litre measure jar when they are lightly packed. Shake the flowers over the kitchen sink to clean out of any bugs, then place in a large saucepan and cover with cold water.
Add lemon zest, and simmer for 30 minutes, topping up with more water if necessary, ensuring the flowers are submerged in water all the time.
After 30 minutes, take off the heat and using a muslin cloth or a tea towel, strain the liquid into a jug/ bowl. Pour back into a saucepan and add sugar and lemon juice. Heat it gently until all the sugar dissolved. Bring to boil, skim off any scum from the top and set aside.
Pour the liquid into sterilised bottles (leaving about 1 cm from the top) with sterilised screw tops, corks or twist-top lids.
Calories are per 250 ml of cordial
This recipe should make about 750 ml of concentrated cordial
Bottled cordial will last for up to 6-7 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze it in plastic containers or in ice cube trays.