Elderflower season is here again! I just went out and picked some and have them steeping in boiling water with lemon and orange rind to make cordial. It’s lovely diluted with sparking water or added to gin. I’ve been making it for a few years and use the River Cottage recipe.
There are lots of other recipes but I prefer one which involves steeping the flowers without the sugar first. After straining, it’s boiled with the other ingredients and put in sterilized bottles. Unopened bottles keep for over a year in a cool place but no need for fridge or freezer.
Just be careful you know what elder tree looks like. Last year a friend decided to try making it but used meadowsweet by mistake! Didn’t taste right🙁
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