the hedgerows and fields and woods are full of Elder - just bursting into flower now in my area - Revel in the Tarn 81… time to get making elderflower cordial - incredibly easy - costs next to nothing - and will bring joy to all!
ELDERFLOWER CORDIALMakes 2 litres
dilute 10 / 1 to drink - fizzy or still water, lots of ice
2kg caster sugar
2 litres boiling water
40ish heads of elderflower (in flower)
2 lemons sliced
90g citric acid
dissolve the sugar in the water. mix all the rest of the ingrediants in a bowl (or a clean bucket!)
put in a cool place - garage? or shed? but not the fridge.
stir daily for 5 days.
strain (ideally through muslin, but a sieve will do)
bottle in small plastic bottles and freeze…
it keeps for 7-10 days in the fridge, but if you freeze it you can enjoy it the whole year round…
nothing nicer than elderflower cordial and champagne on a beautiful autumn evening