This elderflower cordial makes a refreshing drink during the spring and summer months, or a great ingredient in a cocktail or mocktail.
About 20 elderflowers, leaves removed
2 quarts (2 liters) water
2.2 lbs (1 kilo or 5 cups) sugar
1 lemon, sliced thinly
1 lime, sliced thinly
60 grams (2 oz) citric acid*
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a large pot, and stir to dissolve sugar. Add the sliced lemon, lime, and citric acid, then finally the elderflowers. Stir to combine and leave to cool in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Strain the liquid into a sterilized glass bottle or container and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for several months with citric acid, about 6 weeks without.
To make a mocktail:
Combine about 2 ounces of the elderflower cordial with 1 oz of fresh lime or lemon juice, add ice and top with club soda.
*citric acid is a natural preserve found in citrus fruit. It is added to preserve the cordial and lifts up the flavor because of its bright citrus flavor. It’s not necessary to add it but it keeps the cordial for much longer. Make sure to buy food-grade citric acid – it can be found in most grocery stores.