Elderflower cordial

I have become a bit obsessed with Elderflower Cordial this week.

Its a fab thing to make with your children too. They can help with foraging for elderflower. My (5 year old) boy also helped decant it into sterlised bottles using a funnel. In fact I started by looking over his shoulder and at the end left him to it as he was a dab hand. I did pay attention when the bottles were near full and he needed to stop pouring. But the rest he was proficient at.

Its easy to make but I would recommend buying citric acid in bulk from the internet. Normally I am a fan of local shops but £1.50 for 50g of the stuff would work out pretty expensive if you wanted to make lots. It can also be used to make jam which is my next conserving project.

Mine ended up steeping in a large tupperware cake box as Mr MWM forgot to get a bucket but it worked well as it came with a lid to cover it.


Elderflower – so you know what to look for!

This recipe was from the BBC Good Food website which is fab.

  • 30 elderflower heads
  • 1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
  • 900g/2lb caster sugar
  • 50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)
  • 2 unwaxed sliced oranges
  • 3 unwaxed sliced lemons
  1. Gently rinse over the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Stir well and leave to cool.
  3. Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices, and then the flowers.
  4. Leave in a cool place for 24 to 48 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain through some muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles

I sterilised my bottles by rinsing with washing liquid and hot water. Then I rinsed them out with hot water and put in an oven for 10/12 minutes at 120 degree centigrade. As mentioned above the boy decanted with a funnel into the bottles to store.

Once the bottles have been opened store in a fridge. I might even try it with some cocktails. Non alcoholic of course.


Steeping cordial – looks like summer.



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