I love the flavour of elderflower, and now is a perfect time to harvest them (usually the end of May onwards for a few weeks) it seems a little later this year, must have been the strange changeable weather we are having. I wanted to share with you a few Elderflower recipes.
Firstly though, here is an Elder tree in flower:A close up of an Elderflower and the leaves:Its recommended that you pick them in the morning, as this is when they are at there most fragrant. I however wanted to do it with the girls this week, so we did it on the school run on the way home. Miss N was really enthusiastic, helping me look for flower heads to put in our special bag. Miss A was doing her own kind of foraging though, collecting buttercups and daisies. We had lovely time ambling along, looking for the dainty mob heads.
I’ve tried a few Elderflower recipes, but they all start the same way:
Once you have collected and shaken your Elderflowers, put 25 heads of flowers into a large bowl add the rind (taken off in strips) of 3 Lemons (unwaxed) and then slice the lemons and add those too
Boil 2 bags of sugar (it does seem like alot but remember this is to be watered down) together with 1.5 Litres of water, you need to stir until sugar has dissolved. Once this had happened add to the Elderflower and lemons and combine. Then add 100g of Citric Acid and mix.
Cover the bowl, and leave to to cool at room temperature and to infuse for 24 hrs. The next day strain. I used a muslin cloth in a sieve, and it worked really well.
Here is the finished cordial, it is so delicious and refreshing. I strongly recommend that you give it a go, so quick and easy:
The next two recipes, are a little bit of an experiment. I bought 2 x 70cl bottles of Vodka and I used empty and sterilised 500g Douwe Egberts jars. I tried three jars, but there was not enough vodka to fill all three, so two would be fine, with some vodka to spare, happy days!
I loosely packed (around 8-10) flower heads with 5 tablespoons of sugar and the rind of half a lemon in the Jar. I then topped up the Jar with vodka. I have left it for just over a week so far. I think I will leave for another 2-3 weeks in a cupboard, giving it a shake every now and then. I will then strain and bottle. I shall update on how this tastes.
Elderflower and Blackberry Vodka
For this I added 150g of blackberries, loosely packed the elderflower heads again, this time adding 8 tablespoon of sugar and the rind of half a lemon. I’m hoping this won’t take quite as long as the Elderflower vodka as it’s already a beautiful colour. I shall again update once I have strained and tested, I am hoping in approximately a weeks time.
Ohh just had a thought, maybe I can bring my moonshine with me to Britmums Live?
UPDATE: Both of the recipes were delicious, the elderflower vodka was very refreshing topped with soda or lemonade. The Blackberry, was so smooth it could be drunk on its own over ice! I will definitely be making both of these again.
Or how about trying my good friend Lizzie’s recipe for Elderflower and Rhubarb cordial.
Thank you for reading