Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Dad's Elderflower Cordial

Due to popular request, I asked dad to share his recipe for elderflower cordial - so here you go! And don't forget to make Lemon Marmalade with the leftover lemons...

For roughly 2 1/2 liters of cordial:

30 large clusters of elderflowers
3 large lemons
1,5 liters of water
1500 g sugar
50 g citric acid

Put the elderflowers in a very large container, it should at least hold five liters. Dad uses a metal bucket. Brush the lemons in hot water and thinly slice them. Add to the flowers. Bring the water to a boil, and stir in the sugar and citric acid. Pour this hot liquid over the flowers and lemons. Cover with a lid of some sort. Let the cordial stand in a cool place for 3-4 days.

Strain the cordial, and put into small, freezable containers. If you're not going to use up the cordial any time soon, it keeps best in the freezer. If you don't want to freeze it, you need more sugar and some sort of preservative.

Good luck!


Sam said...

oh - how i wish we could get elderflowers in Californian. I used to make Eldeflower 'champagne' when I was a kid. I could never quite believe it really went 'fizzy' in the bottle.
I used to just pick the flowers from trees overhanging from other peoples' gardens down the street.

Anonymous said...

I am really excited to find this recipe. I've been looking for one for quite a while, ever since I first tasted elderflower cordial while visiting my cousin in the UK.
I have a very small elderflower bush/tree, which I recently planted. If it makes it through the Pittsburgh winter, I doubt if it will have the requisite number of flower clusters for some time.
But I'm hoping!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne,

I found your blog on google while searching for food ideas.
I am a South African chef that lives and works in Oslo. I am looking at using elderflowers in an upcomming recipe and cant find a Norwegian word for elderflowers. Would you perhaps know what they are called in Scandinavia?

My email: jude@vanblerk.org
My blog: http://blogs.vanblerk.org/jude/
Thanks for the blog.

Anne said...

Hi Jude!

How interesting to hear from you! Elderflowers are called Fläder in Swedish - possibly similar in Norwegian? I hope you can find them though, here the season has passed. (At least my elderflower tree has bloomed and turned brown.)

best of luck, and thank you for writing!

Anonymous said...

As a preservative, you can use a Campden tablet - available from homebrew stores...

ela said...

Thanks for this fantastic recipe, we are going to make twice the amount this year

Anne Skoogh said...

Ela, sounds great! If my elderflower tree survives the rather hard cutting we did last year, I'll make it too! :)

Anonymous said...

am making your recipe right now! thanks so much for sharing it. a question...does your dad remove the flowers from the head first or just put them all in still attached?

Anne said...

Angela - not completely sure, but I think they're still attached - I remember the big bunches swimming in the huge pot. :)

Unknown said...

Hi - thanks for posting up your recipe - this is the first time I have taken one off a blog before. We have picked the elderflower and now my boyfriend and I are making your recipe. cutting the lemons - well, he is! thanks!

Michaela said...

When I was in Sweden I remember drinking this during the summer. Does this recipe turn out "fizzy"? I just want to make sure I am making what I had and not just making a saft you add sparkling water to.

Thank you, I absolutely love this blog as the go to place to remind me of Sweden :)


Anne said...

Hi Michaela! Sorry, this won't be it then - it doesn't turn out fizzy, and you do add water before drinking it. (although I highly recommend adding sparkling water - yum!)

Anonymous said...

Can you make this with dried elderflowers? If so, what changes would you make?

Anne said...

Sorry Molly, I really doubt it. I've never tried dried elderflowers though.. it might work? :-)