Have you seen any beautiful Elderflowers around recently? They’ve been a little late this year but are in full bloom now, and they’re delicious as a cordial!
Foraging for elderflowers is a brilliant activity for you to enjoy with your children, especially as they can then get busy in the kitchen and turn them into this tasty drink!
If you’re interested in making a batch, here’s how to make your own:
- 20 heads of elderflower
- 1.8kg granulated sugar
- 1.2 litres water
- 2 unwaxed lemons
- 75g citric acid
1. Shake the elderflower to remove bugs and place in a large bowl
2. Put the sugar into a pan with the water and bring up to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- While the sugar syrup is heating, pare the zest of the lemons off in wide strips and add to the bowl with the elderflowers. Slice the lemons, discard the ends, and add the slices to the bowl. Pour over the boiling syrup, and then stir in the citric acid. Cover with a cloth and leave at room temperature for 24 hours.
4. Next day, strain the cordial through a sieve lined with a muslin or a new J cloth and pour into thoroughly clean glass or plastic bottles screw on the lid and pop into the cupboard ready for use.
If you have a go at making elderflower cordial we’d love to see your photos! Share them with us online by using #willowandwildbox or tagging @willowandwildbox