19 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, lemons, 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.
Makes about 2 liters
Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 months

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

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