Homemade Elderflower Cordial - The Smell of Summer

By Feli Chic'Cuisine.

There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
by Feli Chic'Cuisine

There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season, reminding us of childhood. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients: fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup, scented with lemon. A perfect soft drink for the summer season!


Elderflowers are the scent of summer! This fragrant flower is ready around late May to mid-June. They’re best picked when the buds are freshly open on a warm, dry, sunny day.

There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
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Where to find elderflower - Sumbucus Nigra

Apart from the local markets where you can buy them, you can also pick the fragrant elderflower directly from the elder trees or shrubs - Sumbucus Nigra. Known by their large bouquets of highly fragrant flowers, these shrubs can be found in forests, parks, and fields, as well as residential areas and along roadsides.


It is advisable to pick elderflowers from shrubs with a plentiful supply, and not to take more than you need. Consider the habitats of nearby wildlife and avoid disrupting or damaging them.



Tips for picking your own elderflowers
  • Elderflowers are best collected in the first weeks of June, as they are at their freshest during this month;

  • Avoid picking them from roadsides and polluted areas, as the flowers with absorb traffic fumes;

  • Look for dense crowns that have a heady, sweet fragrance;

  • Pick when the flowers have fully opened and very fragrant;

  • Pick large, unblemished elderflowers; the wilted or brown flowers will taste bitter.


There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
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To remove any insects from the elderflower blossoms, gently shake them. Do not wash them! Washing the elderflowers would remove the pollen and much of the flavor.

However, if you would like to wash them, fill a bowl with cold water and gently swish them around. Remove all the green stems, keeping just the little flowers. The green stems give a bitter taste; they and the leaves are toxic.


There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
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Natural fermentation

Due to my desire for a natural fermentation, but also a non-alcoholic beverage, I did not use yeast in this recipe or citric acid. Natural fermentation occurs when lemon, sugar, and flower sweetness combine with the warmth of the sun. By adding yeast the sugar will be transformed into alcohol, resulting in an alcohol-containing beverage.


Try to make this elderflower cordial recipe within a couple of hours of picking the flowers for the best results.


Home Made Elderflower Cordial


Ingredients
  • 12 large elderflower heads

  • 400g caster (granulated) sugar

  • 3 unwaxed, organic lemons, zest and juice

  • 4 l water


 

Method

1. In a large pan, over low heat, combine the sugar, water, juice and zest of 2 lemons, until the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Don’t bring to a boil! It will kill the bacteria needed for fermentation. When the sugar has dissolved completely, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.


2. Meanwhile, gently shake and remove any insects from the elderflower blossoms. Do not wash them! Washing the elderflowers would remove the pollen and much of the flavor. Remove all the green stems, keeping just the little flowers (the stems and the leaves are toxic).


3. Cut the remaining lemon into slices. In a large glass jar, alternate a handful of flowers with a few slices of lemon, and top the last layer of flowers with lemons. Pour the syrup over the elderflowers and lemon. Stir well. Cover with a clean cloth and leave to macerate for 2-3 days; stirring stirring occasionally.


4. Using a sieve or a colander lined with cheesecloth, strain the elderflower syrup. Pour the syrup into sterilized bottles. Store in the fridge up to 6 weeks. Or freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.


To Serve

The best way to enjoy elderflower cordial is to mix it with tap water or sparkling water, and add lemon slices if you like. You can also add a few ice cubes and a leaf of mint. To flavour Prosecco or gin, just add a dash for a summer fizz.


Enjoy!

There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
@Feli Chic'Cuisine


There's nothing better than a homemade elderflower cordial that tastes great and is easy to make during elderflower season. The fragrance of this refreshing drink, often associated with the smell of summer, is very popular in the hot season. Making elderflower cordial at home is easy and requires only a few ingredients; fully ripe flowers heads infused into simple syrup. Perfect summer drink!
by Feli Chic'Cuisine
Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair. ​― Susan Polis Schutz

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