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Elderflower Cordial


This year there are many flowers on our nearby Elder tree

It’s time to make cordial, really refreshing when made up with sparkling water!

40 flower heads
3oz Citric acid
3 and half pounds sugar
2 lemons, squeezed and chopped
3 pints boiling water

Put boiling water in very large bowl and put in sugar and citric acid, stir until dissolved.
Add lemon juice and chopped skins, stir in.
Add flower heads and press to immerse.

Cover lightly (just to keep flies out!) and keep for 5 days, stirring occasionally.

Strain and pour into sterilised bottles and enjoy!

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Oh that sounds lovely...and i bet it's better then shop bought

21 Jun, 2010


Haven't made that for years. I might have another go at that, thanks for reminding me about it.

21 Jun, 2010


Silvi ~ Yes, much better, cheaper and no additives!! So much more of it too! :o)

Cinderella ~ This recipe was given to me years ago by some elderly neighbours I had. It is so quick and easy I just have to do it every year!

21 Jun, 2010


Thanks for this PottyG. Wonderful. We tried to make some elderflower champagne and few years ago but I think I got it wrong, lol. Lots of flowers here so I'll give it another go thanks to your recipe :-)

21 Jun, 2010


my mouth is watering, i:ll just go and get the ice and gin.

21 Jun, 2010


Hi pottygardener
In my younger days I joined a wine making club. We made Elderberry wine, fortifying it with old bananas, It tasted fantastic, but it had a side effect----- it affected our tongues making speech a bit slurred. It did wear off but, it was very strong. I didn't put it into bottles which was a mistake because we took it in the back of the car to Culzean Castle where we were holidaying. The fermentation restarted and the tops kept poping. The baby got over excited and the cat escaped out of his basket. It was a very eventful journey.
Best wishes

21 Jun, 2010


My Mum used to make the champagne and elderberry wine and they were both delicious. I tried making champagne myself about 18yrs ago, but I either didn't bottle it right, or it was too potent, cos it started blowing the tops off the bottles. lol.

21 Jun, 2010


Dawn ~ I have wondered about the champagne too, I have a recipe in an old book that I must look at. But never been very good at anything that needs fermenting!

Kiwi ~ now THAT sounds a good idea! :o)

Linda235 ~ LOL at that story! My friend makes fruit liqueurs and they affect my tongue like that too! :o)))

Lindaloo~ I have never had much luck when trying to make anything like wine, I let my friend do that ~ she has the knack!

21 Jun, 2010


Sounds delicious pottygardener ... my mum used to make this & ginger beer when I was a kid.

21 Jun, 2010


sounds refreshing potty ;o))

21 Jun, 2010


My gran used to make something like that :o)

22 Jun, 2010


Fluff ~ I love ginger beer too, perhaps I should try making that as well!

San ~ it's a lovely summer drink.

Hywel ~ this is a very old recipe, could even be the same as your Gran's!

23 Jun, 2010


Could well be :o))

24 Jun, 2010

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