Summer has arrived here in the pacific northwest. And with it comes sunshine, blossoms, and foraging. With the warmer weather we begin to crave refreshing summer drinks like this Elderflower Cordial.
This is one of my favorite times of year when plants are abundant. There are hidden gems everywhere; plantain along the edges of garden beds, St. John’s Wort blooming in every field, and delicate Elderflowers in the hedges. It is so satisfying to leisurely explore and forage and then create something delicious and beautiful with it.
This Elderflower Cordial is lovely to sip on a summer afternoon.
Start by finding Elder trees that are blooming. They are commonly found along creeks and roads. Try to pick blossoms from bushes that are not to close to the road to avoid dust and contaminants on your flowers.
Once you have foraged your Elderflowers bring them home and begin the recipe as soon as possible.
Start by removing all the blossoms from the stems. This is the most tedious part of the proccess, the rest is easy! Now add some lemon zest and boiling water and you’re done for now! Covver and allow to sit overnight.
The next day strain the mixture and add lemon juice and sugar. Simmer gently on the stove. Pour into a bottle and chill in the fridge. And that’s it. So simple!
To use add about a Tablespoon to a glass of sparkling water and enjoy!
Elderflower CordialCourse: BeverageDifficulty: Easy
4 heads elderflowers
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
- Remove Elderflowers from stems. Place in a container with a lid.
- Add zest from a lemon, Pour 1/2 cop of boiling water over.
- Stir gently, cover, and allow to sit 12- 24 hours
- The next day strain out elderflowers and place liquid in a saucepan.
- Add 1/2 cup sugar and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Stir gently
- Heat and simmer for about 4 minutes without stirring
- Allow to cool, then store in a jar in the fridge for up to a month
- To use add a Tbsp. of cordial to a glass of sparkling water.