Elderflower is probably one of my favorite things to forage, because well, I love to drink Elderflower Champagne & Cordial!
There's many ways to brew with Elderflower, you'll find loads of recipes on the internet as well as comprehensive tips. Search my articles to find my Elderflower Champagne recipe, and here is a simple Elderflower Cordial recipe.Elderflower Cordial
This is what I make for the whole family to enjoy (no alchohol content). This cordial can then be diluted with water or sparkling water to make a refreshing drink on a hot day. Elderflower has cooling properties.
- Bring 600mls of filtered water to the boil
- Stir in 600 g of sugar and stir until dissolved (**see below for honey variation)
- Tip the hot liquid over 12-15 elderflower heads in a large glass jar
- Add a finely sliced lemon + 2 tbsp citric acid
- Cover and leave to stand for 24 hours
- The next day, strain through a fine mesh sieve or muslin cloth into a clean bowl, then bottle in sterilised bottles.
- Store in a cool dark place for upto 3 months or in the fridge. Keep in fridge once open.
- Drink diluted with water.
This is the traditional recipe. However I'm not a fan of white sugar and actually make this with raw local honey. Add the honey when you tip the hot liquid over the elderflowers, and stir well to dissolve. Use a ratio of 50% liquid to 50% honey.