1.5 litres water
1.5kg raw sugar
7 lemons – peel & juice (although I use 1/2 limes and 1/2 lemons these days)
30ml apple cider or white wine vinegar
20 heads of elderflower (I used 20 teaspoons)
Pour boiled water into a sterilised non metal container. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Cool. Add the lemon rind, lemon juice, vinegar and elderflowers.
Cover with a muslin cloth and leave to infuse for 24 hours. Strain the cordial through the muslin and pour into glass bottles with metal levered caps. Once made, leave the cordial for 2 weeks. Then serve chilled, diluted with still or sparkling water to taste.
Store in a cool, dark place and use within 3 months.
Since I can not find a cool place in my house I store my bottles in the fridge. One problem with the above recipe I tell you right now, you will not be able to wait 2 weeks before you start drinking it. I’ve had to make an extra batch just so that I can see what it will be like in two weeks, since the first one never made it that far.
Give this recipe a go! You’ll be glad you did.