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Elderflower cordial

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Today I have bottled the Elderflower Cordial I started making on Sunday.   After picking the flower heads on Sunday and washing them we left them soaking with sugar, orange, lemons and citric acid.  It tastes lovely and refreshing on a hot day with sparkling water!

Elderflowers in the Hedge   Elderflower Cordial 2  Elderflower Cordial 001

The recipe I use is a family one....

Ingredients:  25 heads of elderflower in full flower, 4 oranges. 1 lemon, 3lb granulated sugar, 2oz citric acid and 3 pints water.


  • Wash the flower heads gently and drain. 
  • In a large preserving pan disolve the sugar in the water.  Take off heat and add the elderflower heads.
  • Squeeze the juice from the orange and lemons into the water.
  • Roughly chop the skins of the lemons and oranges and add to the water.
  • Stir in the citric acid and stir thoroughly
  • Cover with a clean teatowel and leave for two days.
  • Strain through a sieve lined with muslin cloth then bottle into clean glass bottles.



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    What a great story of living on a sheep farm, Ellie does wonders in the kitchen too making cakes and pies together with jam when the fruits are in season. We stay often on the caravan site that is second to non with all the sites being hard standing some with water and grey water drainage the toilet and shower block is a palace with under floor heating (no cold feet here) We often see Ellie walking her pet lamb Millie round the site. we was camping when the Cornish Austin A7 arrived what a site to see the oldest car was a 1928 they sett off each day in convoy driving round the Great Yorkshire Dales. keep up the good work Ellie (you never know could be walking a horse one day if Dad puts his hand in his pocket) All the best David, Brenda and Abbey the dog

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