Homemade elderflower cordial
Elderflowers can be picked fresh in the UK from approximately late May to early July. Making the summer time a perfect opportunity to go for a walk to collect your own.
The best flowers are found away from busy roads, out of the reach of dogs and have a strong and sweet smell. Happy harvesting!
- 3 litres cold water
- 2 large unwaxed lemons, zested and juiced
- 1 bag full (average carrier bag size , or about 50 heads of flowers) of fresh sweet smelling fresh elderflower heads.
They are freshest when some buds have just opened and some just closed & they smell sweet.
- 100ml of honey (preferably raw honey)
- Wash the flowers thoroughly.
- Place all your ingredients into a pan with the water and bring to a boil.
- Then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
- Lid on.
- Drain off the flowers, but keep cooking for about another 30 – 45 minutes, until it has reduced down until it is about a quarter of the original liquid quantity.
- Cool it and sieve again.
- Then refrigerate until required.
If storing make sure you use sterilised bottles with lids.