Elderflower (cordial)

Elderflower cordial has suddenly become mainstream – its on the shelves of every supermarket and in every National Trust – style tea room!  It tastes great (but at a price!)

Very easy to make your own, you can decant into plastic bottles and store in the freezer  (leave a little room for expansion) -for all year long summer memories!

Take 20 or so elderflowers, a sliced lemon, 3½ lb sugar and 2tsp citric acid (go to anindependent chemist for this and tell them what you need it for otherwise they will think you are an addict of some kind and won’t sell it to you!) and place them in a large pan (jamming pan if you have one).

Pour over 2 ½ pints boiling water.  Stir until the sugar has all dissolved.  Skim off anything that has risen to the surface.  Cover with a cloth or lid and stir twice a day for 5 days, then strain through muslin into clean sterilised bottles.  Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze.  Dilute to taste with still or fizzy water.

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