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Elderflower Cordial

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December 6, 2016

Elderflower Cordial

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ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL

Ingredients for about 2 litres

About 25 elderflower heads
Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
Finely grated zest of  1 orange
150ml mixed lemon and orange juice
1kg caster sugar
1 heaped tsp citric acid (optional)

Method

  1. Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
  2. Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
  3. Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).
  4. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

Cooks Notes

  • This recipe is from River Cottage and the one I like best.
  • Add a splash or two, undiluted, to fruit salads.
  • Dilute one part cordial to two parts water for fragrant ice lollies.
  • Citric Acid will assist in preserving this cordial, it’s occurs naturally in citrus fruits.

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