Friday, 27 June 2014

elderflower & mint cordial - perfect for summer days

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In between the hot raining days and bright sunshine that we are experiencing at the moment here in the Limousin I decided to spend some much needed time just pottering about in the kitchen. The garden and the countryside has just exploded recently - something to do with the hot raining days and sunshine I think! There are flowers and fruits ripening all over the place.  One of my favourite flavours is elderflower - perfumed and delicately floral.  This elderflower and mint cordial is adapted from this one by River Cottage.  


Great simply diluted with sparkling or still water, or added to ice tea...and a splash is really rather good in a vodka and tonic too.  Perfect for Summer days and relaxing in the garden. 


recipe: 


25 flowering elderflower heads

zest & juice of 3 lemons
handful of fresh mint
1.5 litre boiled water
1 kg sugar (or less to taste)
1 tsp citric acid (optional)

preparation time:  30 minutes & overnight infusing

cooking time:  5 minutes

method: 


  • pick your elderflower heads and check for any bugs and insects
  • put in a large bowl with lemon zest, mint and 1.5 litre boiled water. 
  • cover and leave to steep overnight.
  • the next day drain through a muslin jelly bag (I used a clean coffee filter which worked fine too)
  • add the sugar (and citric acid if using)and juice of the lemons to the drained liquid.
  • bring to the boil and simmer for couple of minutes
  • decant into sterilised bottles and seal.  When cool store in the fridge. Enjoy!

Next time I think I'll give the elderflower champagne a go :-) 


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