Our local park is a great source of seasonal berries and fruit. I’ve only just used the last of the blackberries that we collected last summer and there are huge blackthorn bushes if sloe gin is your thing!
This year I decided to have a go at making elderflower cordial. It was surprisingly easy and you can really taste the difference compared to the commercially bought product. And, I’m told, it goes very well with gin. Mother Nature is very clever when she grows those two plants next to one another!!
- 15 heads of elderflower
- 500g caster sugar
- 4 Tbsp runny honey
- 2 unwaxed lemons
- 1 litre of water
- Check the flower heads carefully and remove any bugs. Trim off as much stalk as you can.
- Place the sugar, honey and water in a large saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Make sure all the sugar has dissolved then remove from the heat.
- Add the finely grated zest of both lemons and the flower heads to the pan making sure the flowers are completely submerged.
- Squeeze in the juice of one lemon then slice the other and add to the pan too.
- Put a lid on the pan and allow to infuse for 24 hours.
- Line a sieve with a muslin and place over a large bowl. Pour the cordial through.
- Store in a sterilised bottle and enjoy diluted with water, lemonade or gin!