My recipe for Elderflower Cordial is quick and simple, and it works every time. Make sure you sterilise your bottles, mouldy cordial is not my favourite. Or if you have enough space in your freezer you can freeze the cordial in ice cube trays and then use them in tall glasses of sparkling water or gin and tonics. Add mint leaves and cucumber or lemon. Lovely!
~ Fill a large pot with fragrant, just opening, elderflower heads (check for bugs and remove any excess stalks).
~ Add the zest and juice of a few citrus fruit. A mix of lemons and oranges work well.
~ Pour in enough cold water to cover the flowers, measuring it as you go. Make a note of how much water you used.
~ Bring almost to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
~ Take off the heat and cover. Let it steep overnight in the pot.
~ In the morning remove all the flowers and fruit and add about 700g of sugar for each litre of water. Heat gently and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
~ Bottle whilst still hot into sterilised containers. I use a fine sieve over a wide funnel to catch any stray bits of elderflowers.