Recipe: Elderflower cordial


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This has to be the most divine cordial ever. I can never make enough of it. You just need a small amount in a glass topped up with water and you’ll be in heaven. This is how one writer describes it.

WORDS: KRISTINA JENSEN

“The famous cordial… has a unique, almost ethereal quality… suggestive of some mysterious fruit with hints of hay and summer meadows.”

INGREDIENTS

20 large elderflower flower heads
4 lemons
1 tbsp citric acid
1.5 litres water
1 kg sugar

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METHOD

Zest the lemons, then roughly chop into chunks. Gently wash the flower heads and steep them in a bowl with the water, zest and lemon chunks. Dissolve the citric acid in a small amount of water and add this to the flower head mixture. Cover and leave for 24 hours, then strain through muslin. Gently bring the strained liquid to the boil, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour into sterilised glass bottles and keep in fridge when cool.

 

NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.

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