The Elderflower season is short so preserving some for later use is recommended, a traditional way of doing so is with Elderflower cordial/syrup.
For the best flavour collect them on a warm day when they have had the sun on them. Be sure not to take a lot from each tree by visiting more than one spot and taking some from each remembering to give thanks, Elder is a sacred tree after all.
Below is a basic Elderflower cordial recipe. Once made, it can be stored in the fridge, frozen in plastic bottles (leave some space for expansion) or ice cube trays. It’s a delicious summer drink and has many medicinal and magical uses too, you can read more about that here.
Makes approximately 1.5 litres
- 1.5kg or granulated white sugar
- 1.7 litres of boiling water
- About 20 heads of unrinsed Elderflower
- 40g citric acid
- 2 unwaxed lemons
Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and leave to cool. Once cooled, pour it over the other ingredients in a large food grade bucket or bowl and leave for 24 hours. Strain through a muslin cloth and bottle as you wish.
Taaaadaaaa! It is that simple. Why ever buy it again?