Elderflower Cordial: samskitchen.net
875g sugar (caster or granulated is fine)
25 elderflower heads
Zest of 3 lemons
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
45g citric acid (available from
chemists or online)
1.3 litres of boiling water
Place the sugar in a large saucepan or heat resistant bowl. Pour the boiling water over and stir gently until all the sugar has melted. Add the zest & juice. Slice the remaining 2 lemons and add this too. Stir and add the citric acid. Lastly place in the elderflower heads* and gently stir through. Cover the bowl/pan with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere cool (not in the fridge) for 48 hours, try and remember to give it a stir after 24 hours. Next, strain through a sieve, I line mine with muslin to make sure the little bits don’t get in the cordial. Then pour into some sterilized bottles**. Seal and keep somewhere cool, it can keep for several months but I prefer to use mine within a month. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a week.
* Give them a shake and remove any dead bits, insects etc. I don’t wash mine but they are from a tree in my garden so know where they’ve been!
** I sterilize my bottles and jars in the dishwasher or in the oven for 15 minutes on a medium heat.