Make your own elderflower cordial

Some people look out for snowdrops, bluebells, cherry blossom, or the first cuckoo of spring, but I chronicle the seasons with a bout of elderflower-making instead. Here’s my recipe for a traditional elderflower cordial.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5l water
  • 1.5kg sugar
  • 75g citric acid (available behind the counter at pharmacists)
  • 30 elderflower heads, rinsed
  • 2 lemons, thickly sliced

elderflower cordial

 

Method:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in the biggest pan you have. Add the sugar and stir until it has all dissolved and thickened into a sugar syrup.
  2. Remove the sugar syrup from the heat, then stir in the citric acid, elderflower heads and lemons (if your pan isn’t big enough, you may have to transfer everything to a large sealable container).
  3. Leave it outside or in a cool place for 24–48 hours. The syrup will darken and become loaded with elderflower aromas.
  4. Double-strain and use a funnel to fill plastic water bottles with the home-made cordial. Label and then freeze until needed.

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