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Elderflower Cordial

This is the most refreshing drink and making it yourself is SO easy. Its cheap to make and quite delicious. Elderflower cordial lasts for a long time, kept in the fridge but if you bottle it in plastic bottles or ice cubes you can freeze it too! I make mine in 2 jars so divide all the ingredients in half. The great thing about this recipe is that you can add more or less sugar/lemon to suit your taste!

You will need:

Collect approximately 25/30 heads of the elderflower, try and avoid the flowers that have already gone over or the ones when they are all in bud still. Pick off any bits and bugs that shouldn't be there!

Divide and place in two large Kilner jars (or similar) add three thinly sliced lemons, or more if you like it lemony. Then add 50gm of Citric Acid dividing it between the two jars.

Heat 2 litres of water with 1kg of caster sugar until dissolved. Allow to cool.

Once cooled add to the jars, 1lt in each. Leave for at least 24 hours in a cool place, give it a little shake occasionally!

After 24 hours remove the flower heads and discard. You can save the lemon slices and freeze. (Sometimes I add one to a gin and tonic to give a slight elderflower flavour, like that expensive tonic water you can buy!) Strain the liquid and decant into bottles.

To serve, dilute to taste with carbonated water and lots of ice, a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.

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