Homemade Elderflower Cordial

When it comes to creating a weekend tipple, those of us not in the mood for alcohol are often left with limited options. Cue this homemade cordial, which uses real elderflower heads for an authentic, summer taste.

Serves

1-2 bottles

Total Time

20 Minutes

Ingredients

25 heads of elderflower (for maximum flavour, pick while the sun is shining)
7 lemons
2 limes
1 .5 litre of water
800g of caster sugar

Method

Step 1

Gently wash the elderflower heads under cold water and place into a large bowl.

Step 2

Peel a thin layer of the zest from 5 of the lemons, slice the fruit and add to the elderflower with the sliced limes.

Step 3

Bring the water to the boil and gradually stir in the sugar. Simmer gently until all of the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the elderflower, lemons and limes. Cover with a cloth and leave to sit in a cool, dry place to infuse for 24 hours.

Step 4

Place a muslin cloth or fine sieve over another large bowl and strain the mixture. Squeeze the juice from the remaining two lemons and stir through your cordial.

Step 5

Pour into sterilised bottles or freezer-proof containers. Seal tightly and store until ready to use.

Recipe courtesy of Daylesford.com

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