Elderflower cordial is a true sign that summer is coming! The flowers themselves can be used in many ways, but cordial is an all-time favourite.
20 heads of elderflower
4lbs caster sugar
95g citric acid
Once you have picked the elderflower heads, give them a gentle shake to remove any insects that might be lurking!Bring 2 pints of water to the boil, add the sugar and stir until it is dissolved.Remove the pan from the heat and allow to settle for a few minutes.
Slice the lemons as thin as you can and add to the pan, along with the elderflower heads and the citric acid, and give it all a good stir.The pan then needs to be covered with a clean tea towel and left somewhere cool for around 12 hours or overnight.
Pour the syrup through a fine sieve or muslin, and fill your bottles with your golden nectar!
A cautionary tale…..the sugar syrup will be extremely hot so take extra care, especially if there are little mice around!