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Elderflower Cordial

Makes 8 cups

Elderflower Cordial


Elderflower has the taste of summer freshness. It is a bit like the feeling you get when the sun is shining on an early morning in the countryside and a gentle breeze is blowing. When beautiful elderflowers bloom, you know that summer is here and it is time to prepare elderflower cordial.

Put the elder flowers, lemons, and citric acid in a very large heatproof bowl. Combine the sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup over the elderflowers, cover with a dish towel, and let rest for 3 to 5 days.

Strain the mixture, discarding all the solids. Pour any cordial that you are not going to use immediately into sterilized bottles and store them in a cool, dark place. To use the cordial, dilute to taste with still or sparkling water or Champagne and serve with slices of lemon.


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