The best proof that spring has arrived is when elderflowers are blooming. Anywhere You go the air is fragrant nearby them and there is no chance not to notice that You passed an elderflower bush right now. To be honest I’m really in love with elderflowers. And my sons, too. So they are more than happy to gather huge bunch of elderflowers and always ready to make this cordial. A real home made cordial with less fuss than ever thought.
For gathering the best time is a sunny, hot day when all the tiny petals are open and the most pollens are ready to add their flavor to your cordial. Always be sure and just from the cleanest places, many miles away from a city traffic gather the flowers. Otherwise You can easily drink leaded cordial. And no insects on the stalks!
So stay on the safe side!
1,5 kg sugar
4 liter clean water (not tap water, preferably purified water)
cc 20 pieces palm sized elderflower
100 gr citric acid
- Trimm the thick stalks of elderflowers. (not necessary very accurately, just roughly) Put into a large plastic bucket or a big enough jar.
- Stir sugar and water, ad citric acid then elderflowers. Stir with a large wooden spoon cover with cling film. Leave in room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Stir well every day to dissolve sugar.
- Pour over a sieve into a clean bowl, then into clean bottles. Cover with a lid and keep in the fridge.
- Serve in 1:1 ratio with still or sparkling water.