As spring made its appearance, we made the most of the outdoors and the Hampshire countryside. One thing we noticed on a recent walk was the number of Elderflower trees in the vicinity of the house and decided we would make our own cordial this year. Armed with a scissors and a bag, we ventured out to gather a number of Elderflower heads. It seems that this is a popular activity in Hampshire as it looked like a few people got to the easier to reach branches before us.
Elderflower cordial is a drink that can be tracked back to Roman times. This may explain why it is used through out Europe. The cordial is made from the flowers of the Elderberry tree and can be used in many different drink combinations such as diluted with water, sparking water, champagne or many other suitable cocktails. Once home we looked up a few recipes and settled on the Jamie Oliver as it does not use as much refined sugar as the others we found.
A quick rummage through the cupboards and we found what we needed and started following the instructions to make the cordial. It was easy to follow and great to know that it is an easy cordial to make. The hardest part was cleaning the flower heads and the number of insects we shook off was a little surprising. A note for next time that we should shake the flower heads out before harvesting! We left the mix over night to steep which meant that the kitchen smelt wonderfully of a sweet elderflower mix in the morning and we could not wait to enjoy the cordial! We bottle just over two litres of the cordial ready for use.
The cordial is fantastic and doesn’t taste as sugary as others we have tried. It will make a great addition to our future parties and cocktails over the summer. Especially our Swedish Midsummer party in June.