Making Elderflower Cordial
July 19, 2015
We visited a friend's house a couple of days ago and the kids fancied collecting elderflowers near their house so they could make cordial. If you're never tasted elderflower cordial, then you're missing out, it's like Summer in a glass. You can buy the cordial in the shops, in fact I was given a lovely bottle of Richmount Elderflower cordial as a gift earlier this week which was really tasty. This is something though that's really fun to so with the kids over the summer holidays.
Before you can make your cordial, you need to collect your elderflowers. Early into the summer season, a white veil will start to appear in hedgerows which is a sign that flowers are starting to appear on the elder tree. This is the time to get collecting. Things to remember when collecting :
- Avoid busy road sides as the flowers will have absorbed some of the pollution
- Only collect when it's dry, not after it's been raining
- The ideal time to collect the flowers is when they are just opening and some flower buds are still closed
- Don't collect every single flower, leave some for next year!
- Just snip the flower heads, avoid the stalks
- Make sure you're collecting elderflower and not cow parsley which looks very similar
- When washing flowers, be gentle as you don't want to affect the delicate fragrance but you need to make sure that all insects are removed!
- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Yields: Many servings!
The kids can do mostly everything with this recipe - obviously they need to be accompanied collecting the flowers from roadsides and with the boiling water.
You can dilute one part cordial to two parts water to make scrummy ice lollies.
Thanks Ciara for the recipe 🙂