5 Dec 2013

Elderflower and Lemon Cordial


My elderberry tree (Sambucus nigra) in my veggie garden is a mass of flowers this year.  What better way to use them up, than by making an Elder-Flower cordial - oh so refreshing for our hot climate.
10 Large Elder-flower Heads
900g (2 lb) Sugar
3 Lemons Washed and sliced
25g (1 oz) Creme of Tartar (tartaric acid)
2 liters (3,5 pints) boiling water

*  Lightly shake off or pick off any little bugs that may be on the flowers
*  Slice the lemons (peels and all)
*  Put Elder-flowers, Sugarlemons, creme of tartar and boiling water in a large bowel.
*  Cover and leave for 24 hours,  Stirring occasionally.
*  The next day, strain the liquid through a muslin cloth into a large jug.
*  Pour into sterilized bottles, and store in the fridge.

To Serve:
*  Mix about 30ml or so with water or sparkling water for a very refreshing beverage.

Makes about 2 liters
Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 months
Preparation:  15 minutes
Standing:  1 day (24 hours)
Serves:  60 Drinks
(All Approximates)

Tips and Suggestions:
*  For a refreshing sun-downer, try a tot of Elder-flower cordial with a tot of vodka or white rum, topped up with sparkling water crushed ice and lemon.
* For more fabulous ideas have a look at my Yummy Food index page
* Please Comment and share your ideas.

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  1. Looks & sounds delicious! Thank you for networking with us on the CLIMB!

  2. How wonderful! My Danish relatives used to make elderflower cordial that was so delicious. :-)

  3. HI I'm KarenLynn from Lil' Suburban Homestead! I love cordials thanks so much for sharing this recipe! And Thanks for linking up to the "From The Farm" blog hop this week!

  4. That's interesting, I'd love to try it!
    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync. Have a great week!


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