Summer is a-coming in

This has been a topsy turvy month weather wise – I’m never sure if it is going to rain/shine/blow or do all three with bells on…it’s normally the latter, and it has made selling my wares at Farmers Markets hazardous.

On a more positive note the first signs of summer are appearing and although the gooseberries are behind schedule the elderflowers came out on cue over the Half Term break.  I managed to make some delicious cordials in time for the jubilee weekend and also made two other summery offering Hypocras – a spicy Tudor drink and a delightful strawberry and rose petal syrup – perfect with sparkling wine; drizzled over ice cream or Eton mess – yummy!

I thought I would share with you my recipe for making elderflower cordial – it’s so easy and a great summer drink. It will feature in my June seasonal cake – a victoria sandwich with homemade gooseberry jam and elderflower cordial buttercream icing.  For more information regarding the origin of elderflowers, and in fact everything you have ever wanted to know about elderflowers and more go to the following website:

Elderflower Cordial

Makes about 5 litres

Keeps indefinitely in the freezer or up to 6 months in the fridge

1.8kg granulated sugar

zest and juice of 2 lemons

50 elderflower heads – please shake to discard all the creepy crawlies!

50g citric acid

Put the sugar in a large non-metallic pan.  pour over 1.5 litres boiling water.  Stir to dissolve the sugar, and then add the zest and juice of the lemons.  Finally add the elderflower heads and citric acid and leave overnight to settle.

Next day strain the liquid through a jelly strainer – or you can use a muslin cloth – these can be bought from good cookware shops.  Pour the cordial into sterilised bottles.  I recommend the following method – put the bottles and their lids on a hot wash dishwasher cycle and/or wash bottles thoroughly and then place in the oven on a low setting for approx. 30 minutes. Enjoy!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hencorner
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 15:51:31

    Shucks…. I’ve missed the elderflowers without even noticing it!!!


  2. @markwildfood
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 18:17:46

    Thanks for the mention – lovely website and recipes. I have declared 2012 International Year of the CAKE. It was last year too…
    Yours look amazing.
    Hencorner – still plenty elderflowers about up in Galloway. If you can’t find any, dried ones work surprisingly well in most recipes.


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