Thursday, 27 June 2013

Elderflower and rose petal cordial

I love the elderflower cordial, and was wondering if it is difficult to make your own. We have an elderflower bush in the garden, but it is pretty young, and doesn't sport more than 3 heads of blossom this year, so I let it be. While returning from my older son's school, I noticed heaps and heaps of the white lace, and decided to do a bit of foraging. And as the roses in my garden have gone amok this year, I thought I'd make an Elderflower and Rose Petal Cordial, to combine the two quintessentially English favours.

Elderflower and Rose Petal Cordial

15 heads of elderflower              
1kg granulated sugar     
1litre water
zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, cut into strips
1 lemon, sliced
20+ mixed roses

I went for the mix of roses, as I wanted for the cordial to turn pink. But I suppose the pure white roses would produce a lovely colourless cordial.
Pick the flowers, divide the rose petals and shake the elderflowers to get rid of any tiny bugs. Place in a big bowl and pour the cold water over them. Drain the water.
Place the sugar into a pan with the water, bring up to the boil, keep stirring until the sugar dissolved completely.
Using a paring knife, peel off the lemon zest in strips, add to the sugar.
Slice the lemon and add to the pan with the sugar.
Add the rose petals and elderflower heads to the sugar syrup, bring to the boil and cook for about 5 minutes.

Leave in the pan overnight under the lid. The next day strain the cordial and pour into the glass bottle.

To serve, dilute the cordial with sparkling or still water and add a slice of lemon.

I have strained the cordial into the bottles, but also left some rose petals in (the elderflower heads were discarded) for a couple of small jars. I just like to add a couple of teaspoons of rose petals in sugar syrup to my tea. It is so fragrant and flavourful. And very pretty too. I can imagine it would go nicely with champagne.
It was dead easy and cost me almost nothing (I only bought the sugar).

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  1. I shall have to try this, I had some elderflower and pear earlier this week and it was amazing

  2. Let me know if you try it, Alison. :)

  3. Definitely going to try this! I've made elderflower cordial before but never added rose petals- the colour is so pretty and I can't wait to see how they change the flavour.

  4. I've made Elderflower cordial, but adding the rose petals is a great idea, I'm going to give this a go. Thanks for the idea.

    I've popped over from PoCoLoCo.

  5. this is fantastic, I am loving that you foraged for the elder flower! it really looks lush i may have to become more adventurous!

    Thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo

  6. oh that looks so nice, can I pop round for some? I may have to go and find some elderflower to make this x

  7. Love this idea. My hubby has always wanted to make Elderflower champagne. This sounds really lovely. May have to give it a go xx #PoCoLo

  8. What a great idea, it looks very refreshing, well done :)

  9. This looks great - I had a chef friend who used to make elderflower cordial when I was at uni but I always assumed it was too difficult to try myself. This sounds simple and looks really appealing so I will definitely be giving it a go...if I can find any elderflowers! Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek :) There's a new one live now (look for the quiche on the home page!), if you want to join in x

  10. I had no idea you could make this yourself!

  11. this is something i must try its really different and summery