With so many country walks in and around St Albans and Harpenden why not see if you can lead the kids on a Homemade elderflower cordial making adventure this bank holiday? Homemade elderflower cordial is so much better than anything you can buy and is much easier to make than you might think. Once it is made you can serve it to the family with still or sparkling water for a refreshing drink or in the evenings with your friend serve it with sparkling wine for a delicious spring cocktail.
So to make a couple of litres of cordial you will need to find: 30 or so elderflower heads (Choose the best heads, make sure they are in full flower as that is when they will have maximum flavour. Make sure you pick them from higher up the elder tree so they are as clean as possible. Give them a little shake to remove any little creatures before putting them in your bag.)
1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
900g/2lb caster sugar
50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)
5 unwaxed lemons cut in half and juiced.
To make the cordial pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl or a large pan and stir it well making a light syrup then leave it to cool. When it is cooler add the citric acid, the lemon juice and the lemon slices, and then the flower heads. Make sure all the flower heads are submerged in the syrup. Leave the mixture in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Strain through some muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles. It is now ready to be used