Friday, 22 June 2012

Some summer days are sunny

In between  the rainy days,  we have had one or two days with glimpses of sunshine.  I managed to gather some more Elderflowers on my last sunny walk and make a further batch of Elderflower Cordial.

It's such a wonderful drink, perfect as a squash with water, or as a Presse with sparkling water.  And it's a great mixer for a summer cocktail or refreshing spritzer with white wine.  There are still a few Elderflowers about, so if you get the chance gather about 30 flower heads, and mix with lemons and a sugar based syrup.  You will not regret it.

Elderflowers and lemons

Beautiful wild roses

Lovely scents

Some of the elderflowers are fading

Getting foraging now!

Preparing Cordial

You will need the zest of the lemons

And the juice

Leave to steep for over 24 hours.


  1. I really should / must try making this !

  2. I was thinking I'd left it too late, and now I've thrown out the bottles I was saving. I don't suppose they sell elderflowers on Ebay!

  3. Penny, you should make some, there are still elderflowers about.
    Mary, you always make me laugh, no bottles is no excuse, empty water bottles will do (if you haven't got any you could 'borrow' from your neighbour's recycling!)
    Sadly they fade within a few hours, so a no-no for EBay, but there are lots around, go on, pick 30 flowers and make your own delectable cordial.

  4. can someone give me a complete recipe?
    i usually make elderflower pop or champagne not cordial but sounds like a good thing to try!

  5. Sylvan, I use the rivercottage recipe, and Karen at Lavender and Lovage has a great recipe on her blog. You can find a link to her blog on my other blog, A Trifle Rushed.
    Follow the link on this page. Jude x

  6. Wish I could find some Elderflowers! For now I will have to stick with St. Germain (I'm sure yours is yummier!)...
    - Irina

  7. Thanks, the St Germain is pretty good, it really does taste of Elderflowers, and isn't the bottle fabulous?