Making Elderflower Cordial

ElderflowersAfter recently sharing rambly thoughts about elderflowers and early summer, I thought it might be nice to also share my recipe for Elderflower Cordial. I found a few pics in the archives of our previous cordial making at home here and here.
The recipe is from my mum’s handwritten recipe folder, so goodness knows where it came from! It’s a good one though, and will keep for ages (months maybe) if stored in the fridge.
Ingredients:
25 elderflower heads
2 lemons, sliced
50g citric acid
900g granulated sugar
3 litres water, freshly boiled
Method:
Add the sugar to a large mixing bowl and add all of the water. Stir a little, until the sugar crystals have dissolved.
Leave to cool, then add the citric acid and the lemons.
Shake the elderflowers to remove any bugs and then rinse. Add the flowers to the bowl.
Cover and leave for 24 hours, stir occasionally.
Pour through a muslin lined sieve into a jug, and then decant into bottles.
The cordial can be used straight away…which is great if you are like me, and a little bit impatient/excited about all the summery drinks! It is very good added to sparkling water for a not-to-sweet and really refreshing drink. It works really well in summer cocktails, how about a pear, elderflower and gin cocktail…and is also lovely as a syrup poured on top of vanilla ice cream.
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Christchurch Meadow, Oxford

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A few pics from our weekend walk around Christchurch College’s beautiful grounds in Oxford. It is such a photogenic city, particularly in the bright winter sunshine.

Joe has recently discovered how much fun outside walking is, and whilst we did take the buggy, he walked for miles (baby equivalent…really 0.5 miles max!) It looked so funny with him toddling along, chasing dogs and ducks, and trying to jump in all the puddles. The groups of tourists were clearly amused by his cheekiness!

 

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