The season is approaching for collecting elderflowers at the end of the lane. Elderflowers are at their very best at the end of May and beginning of June. The gorgeous white clusters and zesty syrup combined making a wonderful addition to a picnic or having friends around for a summer evening gathering.
250g elderflowers, cleaned
1.1 L water
900g caster sugar
50g citric acid
Bring the water to the boil, pour the boiling water over the sugar. Stir to dissolve and let it cool completely. (This is your basic Stock Syrup).
Wash and cut the lemons and limes up in quarters and add to the stock syrup.
Pick the elderflowers and remove any dead bits and leaves. Place the elderflowers in a colander and wash under cold running water.
Let the stock syrup cool, and not before, then add the elderflowers and the citric acid, mix and place the mixture in a deep container in the fridge, cover with a layer of cling-film over the top of the syrup.
Let the cordial infuse for 48 hours, stir a couple of times during this period.
Pass the cordial through a fine sieve and pour into sterilised bottles. Keep refrigerated.
Makes approximately 1.5 litres of elderflower cordial.
- If you want to pour into ice cube trays and freeze them, this saves space and it will keep slightly longer.
- Add to a sparkling wine or water. Refreshing on hot summer days.
- Pink Pomegranate Cocktail
75ml (2 ½ fl oz) lime juice
2 tbsp extra caster sugar or coloured decorating sugar on a saucer to dip in
Juice of 1 pomegranate or 60ml (4 fl oz) pomegranate syrup
Method for base
(To make 150ml (1.4 pt) place 200g (7 oz) caster sugar and 200 ml (7 fl oz) water in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then boil for 2 minutes and leave to cool.)
75ml (2 ½ fl oz) vodka or White Rum
1 cup of ice
Method for full cocktail:
Take two martini or champagne glasses, dip the rim of the glasses in the lime juice and then into the sugar. Set the glasses aside in the fridge or freezer.
Mix the pomegranate juice, syrup, vodka and lime juice in a cocktail shaker (or jug) with the ice, shake and then strain (leaving the ice behind) into the chilled glasses.Read More