Elderflower Cordial

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Easy60 Mins
Ingredients:

30 heads of Elderflower
4 lb granulated sugar
2 pints water
2 oz citric acid
Zest of 2 lemons, then sliced into 4.
Takes 24 hours and makes 2-3 liters


THE ELDERFLOWERS ARE HERE! but you must be quick, they'll be gone soon and once again you'll have no elderflower cordial. Make up loads of batches and keep them in a cool store cupboard in glass bottles and they'll easily last until next year as long as you don't drink it all!

Elderflower grows commonly through out the country side. It is a large white flower and grows on trees. It smells beautiful and sweet. Don't mix it up with Cow Parsley which is the common flower you see in the hedgerows growing on stalks from a tall, green, slightly hairy main stem.

Note: you will need glass bottles with screw top lids to put it into afterwards.

Put your sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Try to dissolve as much sugar as possible by stirring as it heats.

Add Elderflower, citric acid, lemon zest and sliced lemons.

Allow to sit for 24 hours.

Before bottling, put bottles in oven at 80c to sterilise the bottles. Then put elderflower through a very fine sieve or even muslin to take out all the bits. Bottle over sink (to catch the sticky drips) into heated bottles and put on lids immediately.

To drink, dilute 1:8 with water. It is even more delicious diluted with sparkling water or for those special occasions, Champagne!



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I love Elderflower Cordial!

I love Elderflower Cordial!

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Elderflower Cordial for diabetics

Thanks for the recepie, I love that water so much, I'm like an alcoholic with it lol It's not as easy to get already bottled anymore, many grocery stores like Loblaws and Metro don't cary it any longer. So starting with your recepie, I'm going to make my own but this time I'm going to try and come up with a diabetic formula. wish me luck.

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Citric acid

Where do you get citric acid??

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Citric acid

You can get it in the pharmacy

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Where do you get citric acid??

in your local chemist

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You'll get citric acid at

You'll get citric acid at your local friendly pharmacy!! :)

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Citric Acid

You can get Citric Acid from a pharmacy but it's also stocked in most asian food stores and is cheaper

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In theory it's sold in any

In theory it's sold in any pharmacy, although I've just tried three and they were all out, so maybe everyone's making elderflower. I'm going to look for a recipe without it in.

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where to get citric acid

Places that sell things for hand ding often sell citric acid - I got mine from DT Craft and Design, www.dtcrafts.co.uk

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picture of elderflower

Hi - any chance you could show a picture of an elderflower - think I have some growing but not sure..

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Citric acid

Many pharmacies don't stock as apparently it is used by addicts to clean syringes. I got a very odd reaction when I asked for it and only found this out subsequently. No, I don't look like an addict, but the pharmacy was in north Dublin city centre in an area with problems.

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