Tuesday, 19 June 2012

It’s Elderflower time

As I look out of the window beyond the garden fence, the Elderflowers are just coming out. These are perfect for Grandma’s recipe for Elderflower Cordial. It's a refreshing summer drink to dilute or to enhance fruit salad.
Elderflower Cordial
2 dozen (24) elderflower heads (remove the stalks)
2-3 lemons (use the lemon rind, juice and cut the lemons into slices)
2 oz (50g) tartaric acid or 1 oz (25g) citric acid
3 pints (1.5 litres) boiling water
2 ½ lbs (1.1kg) sugar

Place everything in a large bowl or saucepan and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Cover with a cloth. Leave for 2 days. Stir from time to time. Make sure the sugar has dissolved then strain through a muslin cloth and bottle into sterilised bottles. The cordial can then be diluted with sparkling water, soda water or lemonade.
Grandma cutting her 90th birthday cake 
21 June (the longest day) was Grandma Abson’s birthday so it's always a poignant time. She was born in 1886, the second eldest in a family of ten, in a two-up two-down terrace on Ladycroft, Bolton on Dearne.  In her later years, we loved to celebrate her birthday, often with a cake and a party in the garden as the weather was usually glorious sunshine. 
Grandma has a recipe for Elderflower Sparkling wine and soothing Elderberry Syrup for sore throats which are also very easy to make. 
Have you tried making any other fruit cordials? 

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