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    Classic Elderflower Cordial

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    Classic Elderflower Cordial

    To sterilise glass bottles, wash them in warm soapy water, rinse in boiling water, then dry in a preheated oven at 190C/gas 5 for about 15 minutes. Leave to cool.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 24 hours steeping
    • Total time: 20 minutes, plus 24 hours steeping 20 minutes


    • 25 Large elderflower blossom heads
    • 3 Uwaxed lemons, zest pared in strips, sliced
    • 2 kg Granulated sugar
    • 75g Citric or tartaric acid (available from chemists)


    1. Shake the elderflower heads to remove any errant bugs and the like, and place in a very large, heatproof bowl with the lemon slices. In a large saucepan set over a low heat, dissolve the sugar in 1.1 litres cold water. Stir until the liquid is completely clear. Increase the heat and bring the syrup to the boil, then stir in the citric acid and pared lemon zest and pour the mixture over the elderflower blossoms and lemon slices. Cover with clingfilm and set aside in a cool place to steep for about 24 hours.
    2. Strain into a jug, through a muslin-lined sieve, and divide between scrupulously sterilised jars or bottles. Seal tightly with screw tops and keep in a cool, dark place. Use within 2 months. Once each jar or bottle is opened, keep in the fridge and consume within a month.

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