I love this time of year, everything is growing practically as you watch it & the hedgerows are looking lovely, lush & full of life. It is the perfect time to go out & pick some Elderflowers & make fizz or cordial (not from the side of busy roads as this affects the taste) there is a River cottage recipe for fizz in an older blog post, but here is one for everyone, try it with some little flowers frozen into ice cubes for a pretty summer party drink.
This recipe for Elder flower cordial is from Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook (Bloomsbury).
This recipe makes two 750ml bottles.
1.35g granulated sugar
Flowers from 15-20 elderflower heads
2 oranges, thinly sliced
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
30g tartaric (or citric) acid
Put 1.15 litres of water and the sugar in a large saucepan, and dissolve the sugar completely before bringing to the boil. Add the flowers and return the water to the boil. Remove from the heat immediately.
Thinly slice the fruit into a large bowl or jug. Add the tartaric acid to the fruit and pour over the hot syrup and flowers. Stir well and cover loosely. Leave for 24 hours. Strain into warm sterillised bottles and seal.