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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4 comments:

  1. I love the simple combination of mint and elderflower and it's wonderful to be able to extract and distill the essence of summer in this way. This sounds so refreshing and thank you for sharing with Made with Love Mondays - welcome to the series!

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    1. Thanks so much. I just thought the combination would make a nice summery drink. Really fresh. Have to wait to see what I can make with the berries as the flowers are almost gone.... :-)

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  2. This sounds really delicious. Definitely bookmarking this one for next year when the elderflowers are in season!

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    1. It's such a short season - but well worth collecting up a few of the flowers for this lovely cordial. Thanks so much for stopping by :-)

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