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David and I absolutely love elderflower cordial (sirop de sureau) and had been wondering whether we could make our own for a while – only to realise that there are elder trees all around us. Elderflower is in full bloom in June so we’re a little late on this one but we managed to find a few in our apartment’s shared garden. After having a little read on the internet we found that it’s best to try to avoid flowers that are near the road side because of pollution so keep that in mind if you’re planning on making this.

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Recipe adapted from here. Makes half a litre of cordial. Ingredients: 65g elderflower heads cleaned (we had about 12 elderflower heads), 275 ml water, 225g sugar, 13g citric acid (found at any pharmacy or drug store), 1 very small lemon, half a lime.

Method: Carefully but thoroughly rinse the elderflower making sure to brush off any little bugs. Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, turn off the heat and dissolve sugar in water. Cut the lemon and lime into large chunks and add to the warm syrup. Leave the syrup to cool to room temperature (this is important as to not burn the flowers). Once the syrup in cool add the tops of the elderflower (as little stem as possible) and the citric acid. Place in a container, cover with cling film and leave to infuse for 48 hours stirring from time to time. *Tip* taste the cordial after 24 hours and if you feel like it is too lemony, remove most of the lemon and lime for the last 24 hours. Strain through a fine sieve and pour into sterilised glass bottles. Store in the fridge.

I’m already looking forward to next summer to make plenty for the entire season! xS