While I am all for the elderflower lemonade this grown-up version is perfect for adults planning on entertaining. Whip up this Elderflower Cordial Recipe for your next summer get-together or store to pull out when entertaining over the holiday season to toss a little ginger in.
Benefits of elderflower
Elderflower is great for boosting the immune system. It can help fight off the common cold and flu making elderflower a great addition to your entertaining helping to keep you and your guests healthy. Elderflower is also useful for sinus infections bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation, and as a diuretic.
Elderflower cordial recipe
- 1 quart water
- 4 cups sugar
- Juice of 2 lemons
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- 2 cups flowers, stems removed
How to make elderflower cordial
Remove stems from the elderflowers. The stems are toxic so you want to remove as many as possible. You can opt to use dried elderflowers that have had the stems previously removed to make this easier. Place these flowers in a large bowl.
Zest then juice the lemons and add to the large bowl with the elderflowers.
Bring sugar and water to a simmer stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and let cool until safe to touch temperature has been reached.
Pour sugar syrup over the flowers and lemon.
Stir well and cover with a towel.
Let sit for 3 to 4 days to allow the sugar syrup to ferment.
Serve 1 to 3 tablespoons at a time mixes with water, wine, or elderflower lemonade. You can opt to add this to other alcohol for a mixed cocktail.