Elderflower Cordial Made Simple
I just made a batch of what I call Elderflower Cordial. It’s very simple.
Take the cleaned and de-stemmed elder flowers and place layers of flowers and sugar in a large glass or stainless steel container. Top off with boiling water. Add citrus zest and lemon/lime juice. Stir and prep the canning jars. Strain the liquid and, while still hot, add to canning jars.
Elderflower Cordial Suggested Uses
This syrup can be added to lemonade, hot or cold teas and sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink. This cordial will help to reduce fever.
Alternate Elderflower Cordial Recipes (Elderflower Champagne)
Same as above, but do not can immediately. Wait 24 hours uncovered. Put cold liquid into sterile jars and let ferment un-opened for 6 months or more. This will produce an elderflower champagne with a hint of sparkle.
The other option is to make a hydro sol. This uses a pot still. One can do a small home version with a stainless steel 10-12 qt. pot with lid and two ceramic bowls:
1. Place an upside down bowl into pot and put the second bowl right side up on top of the inverted bowl.
2. Fill pan with water, until the top of the water is even with the inverted bowl on the bottom.
3. Place a thick layer of elder flowers on the water in your pot.
4. Begin heating pan of water containing flowers and bowls.
5. Place ice filled lid upside down on pan of water, just as it begins to steam.
6. Simmer slowly being careful not to cook it dry, Stop before it does.
7. Check the level of the flower water in the small, upper bowl. Once it is filled, turn off heat.
8. Leave lid on until cooled. Remove upper bowl of cooled flower water and use as desired.