One thing I adore about Summer is the amazing smell from the Elderflower trees. The scent is almost intoxicating and perfumey and so is the flavour.
I always wanted to make elderflower cordial, so I gave it a go with a recipe my Grandmother once gave me. It is very hyggeligt to gather things in nature and then create something tasty and yummy afterwards:
- 25-30 elderflower heads - stalks trimmed
- 600 g of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of Citric Acid (available from the Chemist)
- 2 Organic lemons
- 2 litres of water
This is how you do it.
Pick 25 - 30 elderflowers - make sure they are in full bloom, no brown bits.
Get a large saucepan ready with 2 liters of cold fresh water.
Trim the elderflower, the smaller the better, stalks make it bitter.
Give them a quick rinse to get rid of dirt and bugs.
Cut your lemons into slices, and squeeze the remaining lemon into the saucepan.
Pop the sugar and Citric acid into the saucepan, and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
Put the eldeerflower, and lemons into the saucepan.
Leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
Sieve through a clean tea towel - do not press the elderflower through as it will turn the cordial cloudy.
Put into clean sterilised bottles and put in fridge.
Or even better - freeze into ice cube trays and freeze - ready for a hot summers day.
The Elderflower cordial will keep for up-to 5 weeks in the fridge