Making and bottling elderflower cordial

Elderflower forkingElderflower cordial – (simple but messy)

Elder is a tree that I have only learned to recognise recently, and it was fuelled by my determination to make and bottle some of the (drinkable) British Classics. First on this list was elderflower cordial.

Elderflower season is over for another year, but fortunately I managed to pick quite a few, and it should not be too hard to find all the ingredients online if you wanted to make it unseasonally. A quick search around has found me elderflowers at The Home Brew Shop 50g at a time…

When using elderflowers fresh, be prepared to wipe up a lot of little flowers – they are small, damp and clingy!

Citric acid is key for this cordial to get a nice sour note amidst all the sweet. I have had the most luck finding citric acid again, in homebrew shops (and surprisingly, in chemists).

Elderflower cordial recipe

Makes about 2.5L

Elderflowers, about 60 umbels

5 lemons, juice and grated zest

2.5kg sugar

1.8L water

75g citric acid

Wash the flowers and fork them off. Slice the zest off the lemon, squeeze the juice and add both to the flowers in a heatproof container.

In a pan, bring the water to simmer, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour the sugar syrup over the elderflower and lemon mixture. Cover and leave overnight.

The following morning, filter out the flowers and pour the mixture into sterilised bottles. Immerse the bottles in a water bath, bring to simmer and leave for 30 minutes before removing the bottles from the heat and allowing to cool slowly. This should kill any remaining bugs and extend the shelf life of your cordial to about twelve months.

If you have any questions about this process, please let me know in the comments!

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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