20 heads of elderflowers
1.5 kg of white sugar
1.2 litres water
2 unwaxed lemons
50 g citric acid
Shake the elderflowers to get rid of any lingering insects, and then place in a large bowl.
Put the sugar into a pan with the water and heat slowly until the sugar has dissolved.
While the sugar syrup is heating, prepare the lemons by taking off the zest and slicing, add to the bowl.
Pour over the boiling sugar syrup and stir in the citric acid. Cover with a cloth and leave for 24 hours
Next day, strain the cordial through a sieve lined with muslin and pour into clean plastic or glass bottles. You can store in the freezer if you wish to keep through the winter.
You can also add it to ice cream or desserts and its great with gin. If you are not storing in the fridge, then loosen the tops of the bottles from time to time as they can ferment and burst.
The elderflower has been well known through out the centuries for its high vitamin C content and its healing properties. The cordial is very refreshing served with sparkling water some ice and lemon. Its also very simple and easy to make.