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Elderflower Cordial #makeyourownmonday

Something that I’ve wanted to make for several years is Elderflower cordial. My family all love it (it’s fondly known as ‘flower juice’) and it’s one of the more chemical-free juices that you can buy.

However, it is expensive. There is no cheap version. My new attitude in life is basically ‘have a bash’! So therefore nothing is off-limits in terms of #makeyourownmonday unless it occurs too much expense.

There are a few things you need before you set out to make flower juice…some lovely glass bottles with stoppers/corks/lids, you can tell where ours come from…

Glass bottles from Ikea

A big pan is a must, mine was only just big enough, as you will see!

You also need dry elderflower heads (pick on a sunny day, they will add more flavour than when wet), citric acid, sugar and lemons.

Elderflower cordial ingredients

We used a simple BBC good food recipe for elderflower cordial :

  • 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid

Step 1 : Harvest your elderflower! Gently swish in water to clean and dry off by laying the heads on a tea towel.

Elderflower

2. Gently melt sugar into water (don’t boil).

Sugar water

3. Bring syrup to the boil and immediately switch off the heat. Add lemons, citric acid and elderflowers. Stir well.

Elderflower cordial brewing

4. Add lid and leave to infuse for 24 hours.

Pan with elderflower cordial

5. Strain into a bowl. I used an old, clean muslin on top of a sieve to ensure all ‘bits’, no matter how tiny, were taken out of the liquid!

Elderflower juice

6. Use a jug or funnel to pour into jars. Stand back and admire your hard work that cost you approx £2.00 for 3 bottles instead of  £3.00 per bottle!

Elderflower Cordial

 

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