Herbal health – Home remedies from the kitchen & the garden
Elderflower Cordial – Deliciously refreshing
Posted On September 10, 2009
Hello Herb Lovers,
Since our winter never really happened and the temperatures are rising surprisingly fast, I made a batch of Elderflower Cordial. Everyone knows that I just adore elderflowers – for their taste and their benefits. Elderflower cordial is incredibly refreshing and this recipe couldn’t be any easier.
Jekka McVicar whom Jamie Oliver endorses wholeheartedly as “the queen of herbs” wrote this recipe in her book, New Book of Herbs. Me being me, I made a couple of changes. Firstly I changed a couple of quantities. I like nice round numbers, so 1.2 litres of water and 1.8 kg of sugar just didnt gel. Secondly, I can not get any fresh elderflower heads so I had to use dried and guesstimate the correct quantity. Oh, and on another note: It says that the recipe makes 2 x 500 ml bottles but that maths doesnt work if you start off with 1.2 litres of water. My batch yielded 2.5 litres all up.
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.