The BEST elderflower cordial recipe you will ever need! Perfect for summer barbecues, light cakes or for a flavoured sugar kick.
It’s summertime again, which can mean only one thing – elderflowers coming into bloom. I’m lucky enough that Andy‘s parents live on a farm in the New Forest, with a very big elderflower tree in the fields – so free elderflower for me! Elderflower trees are relatively easy to spot, almost look like a blossom tree but with the flowers being in small clumps rather than all over. Give the flowers a smell and you’ll immediately know if you’ve got the right tree! Check with your local council if it’s okay for you to harvest some flowers – make sure you don’t get into trouble, and for the love of God don’t go stealing your neighbours flowers unless you promise half of your produce from this recipe 😉
Elderflower is one of Andy and I’s favourite flavours, it tastes so summery and fresh. Andy’s mum has always made her own elderflower cordial and I’ve always been curious to make it but never have. Over the weekend she told me to take some flowers as the tree was looking rather full of flowers and I decided to give it a whirl. After numerous searches over the internet and pinterest I finally managed to combine a few recipes to give the final result (most recipes are pretty much the same though!)
So here it is, my elderflower cordial recipe:
2 1/4 Pints of water (I used filtered for an extra clean taste as we have pretty hard water here in the south)
1.5kg sugar – caster sugar is preferred but granulated works just fine.
3 unwaxed lemons, thinly sliced
40g citric acid
20-30 heads of elderflower
Dilute with water for a refreshing drink, or mix with tonic water or lemonade. You can also use this cordial in recipes too – look out for my elderflower and lemon cupcakes tutorial coming soon!
Please do let me know if you try this recipe! It tastes gorgeous and so worth the time and effort into making it!
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