The scent of summer, is the scent of elderflowers. They herald the summer heat and the sun.
I chose to rinse my flowers, even though it removes much of the pollen, which carries a great deal of flavour, I don’t fancy removing the little bugs and whatnot by hand.
You can spice up the cordial by using sparkling water to dilute it.
CA. 1,5 LITRE UNDILUTED CORDIAL
15 ELDERFLOWER BLOOMS
600 G SUGAR
2 LITRES WATER
Pull the flowers from the stems with a fork and place them in a large bowl.
Wash and cut the lemons into slices.
Add them to a pot along with water and sugar.
Heat the liquid to a boil.
Remove the pot from the heat and pour the sugar water over the flowers.
Let the liquid sit on the table, covered with a cloth, for at least 12 hours, before filtering the cordial.
Pour the cordial into sterilised bottles and keep them in the refridgerator.
By cool storage, the cordial can keep for up to 30-40 days.
Dilute the cordial 1:3-4, depending on how strong you want the flavour.