I love elderflower cordial, there is nothing more refreshing than a glass of this mixed with fizzy water, ice and a slice of lemon. I also enjoyed it with a dash of gin last year...hic! I am sure that Mum won't mind me posting her recipe here for you all to enjoy. It's so simple and makes a great present too.
20 heads of Elderflowers
2 pints boiling water
2 kg sugar
2 lemons, zested then sliced
80g citric acid (available from brewing shops and some chemists...I got the third degree last year when trying to buy it from a chemist)
Boil the water (I use the kettle for speed and efficiency) and pour over the sugar which you've already put in a large pan, heat until it comes back to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat and add the lemon zest, sliced lemons and citric acid. Pour this mixture over the elderflowers - shake them first to get rid of any lingering insects, there's usually a small spider or two! - and cover. Leave for at least 12 hours to infuse. It's such a delicate floral flavour that you really need to let it develop for as long as you can.
Sieve the cordial and then strain through muslin. Store in clean bottles in a cool dark place.
Serve diluted with fizzy water and/or a splash of gin, ice and a slice.
Got gooseberrys? Make an elderflower and gooseberry crumble using the cordial. Yum!
Enjoy your summer, Ali x