1.5 litres of boiling water
1 kilo white granulated sugar
20 large elderflower heads
4 unwaxed lemons (zested and sliced)
55g citric acid*
- First, go for a frolic in the sunshine and collect your elderflower heads. You should do this on a dry day.
- Shake the elderflower heads to remove any creepy crawlies etc.
- In a large bowl/pan pour the boiling water onto the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool.
- Add the citric acid and the lemon zest/slices and the elderflower heads.
- Leave the liquid to steep for 48 hours in a cool place.
- Strain twice through sterilised muslin and pour into sterilised bottles or jars**. You can keep the cordial in the fridge or freeze some so you can be reminded of summer in the depths of winter.
* Citric acid is available from chemists although you may only be able to buy one packet at a time. Apparently it's used by heroin addicts (for what I have no clue) so you may want to avoid going to buy it in your grotty tracksuit and looking unkempt lest people get the wrong idea!
** To sterilize muslin pour boiling water over it. You could also use a fine sieve. To sterilise glass jars/bottles wash and rinse them and put them in an oven at 160 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
*** Despite being administered homemade elderflower cordial, my stepdad is having a tough time of it health-wise at the moment so if any of you have any spare good thoughts to send in the Yorkshire direction, I am sure that would really help!