As the hedge is bursting with frothy elderflower heads I decided it was time to make some elderflower cordial - my very favourite summer drink.
If you'd like to have a go I'll tell you how - it's very easy & delicious!
First of all, pick about 10 elderflower heads (or, if you are me, get Tamzin & Jack to do it!)
Bring 600ml of water to the boil in a stainless steel saucepan.
Add 900g white sugar (sounds a lot but as it's diluted later it isn't too bad)
Stir until dissolved & then remove from heat & leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Now add the grated zest & juice of one lemon.
And 45g citric acid
Now add the elderflowers & stir
Cover & leave to stand overnight to infuse the flavours
Next day, strain the mixture (I use a jelly making bag) & pour into sterilised bottles.
It turns out a lovely light green colour.
As it is quite concentrated you only need a small amount, then dilute with still or sparking water.
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