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Monday, 12 June 2017

Refreshment from the Hedgerow

The hedges are full of elderflower blooms at the moment so this is the time to be making your elderflower cordial. It is a while since I have made some so I collected some flower heads while I was out walking last week. My recipe requires 20 heads but as I had only collected 11 heads I decided to make half a batch.


The ingredients for my recipe are as follows:-
20 large elderflower heads
2 lemons chopped
2 oranges chopped
2.5 lbs sugar 
3 pints water
2 oz citric acid (usually obtainable from a chemist)


To make the cordial:-
1. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a low heat. 
2. Pour into a deep bowl and add the citric acid stirring until it dissolves.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
4. Cover with a cloth and leave in a cool place for 4 days stirring twice a day.
5. Strain and bottle into sterilised bottles.


I completely forgot to take a photo of the finished product but I can assure you that it tastes good. I use clean, sterilised small plastic bottles . I sterilise them with Milton and rinse them with cooled boiled water. I then freeze the cordial until I want them.
My sister in law freezes the heads and then makes one or two bottles as she wants them. I believe she uses a different recipe. She has been busy collecting flower heads to make cordial for the forthcoming wedding. Quite a task to undertake!



4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Not sure if I have ever tasted elderberry cordial. Isn't this the drink that Anne of Green Gables gets a bit tipsy on? Need to look that up.

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  2. I learn something every day from reading blogs, and here's today's lesson. I've never thought that you could make a cordial from the blossoms of the elderflower, though I have heard of elderberries.

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    1. I hadn't realised elderflower cordial hadn't crossed the pond. It's a lovely refreshing drink. I also use it in fruit salad and even have an elderflower cheesecake recipe. I will have to do a post on that!

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    2. I have been looking for elderflower here in the US and it is possible to buy the cordial - at a price. I still haven't discovered though whether elderflower grows here. I suspect the cordial is imported.

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