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Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial
Recipe Date:
May 20, 2020
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Imperial (US)
When the elder is in flower, you can preserve the aroma for months with a very simple recipe for elderflower cordial. And if you are feeling ambitious, you can amaze your friends with a non-alcoholic sparkling version. But don’t wait too long; the flowers quickly turn to berries. Then your only recourse is elderberry pie!
  • 12 elderflowers
  • 1 1/2 quarts warm water (1.5 liters)
  • 3 1/2 lbs sugar (1.6kg)
  • 3 lemons cut in thin slices
  • 1 3/4 ozs citric acid, available at a pharmacy (50g)

We usually make a double batch of the following recipe. It makes about 7 (wine) bottles. To use, pour a few teaspoons of the cordial in a glass with ice. Top with water, flat or fizzy. This cordial is also excellent as an ingredient in desserts and sorbets.

In a large bowl, pour the warm water over the other ingredients. Leave to macerate for 3 days. Do not cover or it will start to ferment.

Filter with cheese cloth or a fine sieve.

Bottle and cork.


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