Earlier this month I shared a recipe for Elder Flower Toner. Traditionally elder flowers have been used to treat all sorts of ailments and skin conditions, but they can also be used to make cordial. Our elder tree is a mass of flowers at the moment so over the weekend I made Elder Flower Cordial. It's simple to make and tastes pretty good.
The recipe I use is based on one I found in an old magazine a few years ago. I've reduced the amount of sugar used in the original recipe as we found it made the cordial just a bit too "sticky" even when diluted. Adjust the amount of sugar you use according to taste.
Elder Flower Cordial
To make this you will need:
- 25 freshly picked elder flower heads
- 500g -750g sugar
- 1.5 litres boiling water
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- a food-safe bucket
Place the flower heads in the bucket and pour over the boiling water. Cover and leave to stand overnight. Next day strain the liquid making sure you have no "bits". I lined a large sieve with a piece of muslin to make sure none of the tiny flowers made it through into the strained liquid.
Put the elder flower liquid into a large saucepan with the sugar and citric acid. Heat gently while stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour the cordial into sterilized bottles and seal. The cordial can be used as soon as it's cooled and will keep for several months in cool , dry conditions.
Makes approximately 2.5 litres of cordial. To use dilute to taste with either still or sparkling water.
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