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Elderflower Cordial Recipe

By July 06, 2016 ,


It's that time of the year again! A short window of time where elderberry bushes burst into bloom. I have to admit, this was my first time actually using the flowers to make cordial- and I'll definitely make more next year too. The method is fairly simple to prepare, and the result is a fresh, floral and citrus flavoured syrup to add to desserts and drinks. We used a jar of this at my 18th party to add to gin and tonics and it went down a treat! I've heard it tastes lovely with prosecco too. Enjoy~ 

Ingredients

15-20 heads of elderflower, 500g caster sugar, 4 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 lemons

Method

Gently wash the elderflowers, making sure to remove any bugs!
Place the sugar, maple syrup and 1 litre of water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn off the heat once all of the sugar has dissolved.
Place the flowers downwards into the sugar-water mix. 
Add the zest and juice of one lemon. Slice the second lemon and add those too.
Cover with a lid, and leave to infuse for at least 24 hours. 
Strain the cordial through a muslin cloth or clean tea towel, then transfer into sterile bottles.

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9 comments

  1. If I can get my hands on some elderflowers and prosecco, I think I know what my Sunday afternoon will look like. :)

    aroseisinbloom.blogspot.com

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    1. Sounds perfect to me! Have a lovely summer Elizabeth :)

      Emma xo

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  2. This sounds so amazing! I bet this makes some pretty delicious cocktails!
    xx Annie
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    1. Thank you Annie! It was definitely popular and tasted really yummy too!

      Emma xo

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  3. This is such a lovely thing to make, perfect to sip on those midsummer evenings, while keeping the window open late in to the night! I love how each season has its makes and am in love with your scales, I can't wait to try making this! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I hope you enjoy it! The scales are rather old and not very accurate, but at least they look pretty on the side hehe! :)

      Emma xo

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  4. Aw my friend just brought me some of her homemade elderflower cordial to try, it's so delicious! How long can you keep it after you've opened a bottle? xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua : Food | Travel | Italy

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    1. Hi Lucy! I read online that it keeps for 4-6 weeks opened, or years unopened. I've had one open for about 3 weeks now and it's still fine! You can always freeze it if you're not sure and add to drinks when needed- it has a slushie-like consistency due to the high sugar content :)
      Emma xo

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    2. I forgot to mention- it's best kept in the fridge once opened!

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