Episode 313. How I make elder flower cordial

Join me in today's podcast where I share how I make elder flower cordial. I also share the latest from the plots.

The diary

Today on the plots I have been

  • trimming a elder hedge
  • strimming the grass areas
  • getting ready to plant out my plants

and much more on the podcast.

Elder flower cordial.

I love elder flower cordial. Its one of those drinks that the smell just brings back summer. Its also such a refreshing drink that every year I make a batch of it to last all year.

To make elder flower cordial we need

  • 1.5 litres of water
  • 2.5kg sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 20 elder flower heads
  • 85g citric acid.

I find its best to harvest the flower heads in the morning. give them a shake to get rid of any bugs but no need to wash the flowers.

In a pan on the hob over a high heat dissolve the sugar into the water. Stirring to make sure all the sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved bring to a boil and turn the heat off.

slice the lemons and add to the pan with the elder flowers and citric acid. Place a lid over the top and leave to steep overnight.

The next day place a tea towel in a colander over a big bowl and bowl. I like to iron the tea towel first just to make sure its sanitised. Then pour the mixture from the pan.

We want to keep the liquid of which I tend to put some in a clean bottle to use straight away but I also freeze a good amount to have plenty throughout the rest of the year.

If you make elder flower cordial what do you differently? if you're going to give it a go let me know how you get on.

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