After a good hour of playing tennis for the first time in years, we quickly plucked some elderflowers and made our home. Believe me when i say that I ached like no one's business for the next few days! Gosh! I haven't ached like that in ages!!
I immediately search for recipes once we got home and for once, I actually had all the ingredients for some impromptu cordial making including citric acid! Something my hubby bought when we visited Brixton market recently.
This takes 24 hours to brew before it's ready so don't be too impatient!
Ingredients (Adapted from the Good Food Channel)
20 small heads of elderflower
500g caster sugar
1 unwaxed lemon
30 g citric acid
1. Shake the elderflowers to expel any lingering insects, and then place in a large bowl. (I soaked the elderflowers for a bit to clean it a bit more but beware that some of the flavour will be wasted when the water is poured away)
2. Put the sugar into a pan with the water and bring up to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
3. While the sugar syrup is heating, pare the zest of the lemons off in wide strips and toss into 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 then leave at room temperature for 24 hours.
4. Next day, strain the cordial through a sieve lined with muslin , and pour into sterilized glass jars/bottles. Screw on the lids and pop into the cupboard ready to use. Keep in the refrigerator once opened.