As promised I went out yesterday and picked some more elder flowers to make some cordial. After a day of soaking to infuse the flavours, I bottled the stuff this afternoon. What a deliciously refreshing drink this has turned out to be.
Elder Flower Cordial (make about 1.4 litres)
900ml boiling water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
about 15 large elder flower heads
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
Put the sugar in a non-metallic bowl with the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon and lime juices. Wash and flick dry the elder flower heads then snip off the flowers into the bowl. Add the sliced lemon and lime. Stir then cover the bowl with Clingfilm and leave to stand for 24 hours. Scald a jelly bag and drain the mixture through it into a clean bowl. Funnel into sterile bottles then refrigerate. Dilute to taste. For a really refreshing summer drink, dilute with chilled fizzy water.