Flower Drink

    Flower Drink


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    About this recipe: This is an easy, refreshing drink made from elderflowers. These start to make an appearance around June. Once made and bottled it can be frozen and used when required. I first made it with my children who helped to pick the flowers and then make the drink. They still enjoy it and is now an early summer ritual. It's nice as a gin mixer, or diluted with soda or sparkling water for a change. Can be made without the oranges and less lemon according to your preference.

    Serves: 8 

    • 30 elderflower heads
    • Approx. 3 litres of boiling water
    • 900g caster sugar
    • 1 packet (approx 80 grams) of citric acid (available from chemists)
    • 2 oranges, sliced
    • 2 lemons, sliced

    Prep:5days  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:5days10min 

    1. Gently rinse the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.
    2. Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Stir well and leave to cool.
    3. Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices and then the flowers.
    4. Leave in a cool place for 5 days, stirring occasionally.
    5. Strain through some muslin and bottle.
    6. Dilute with water to taste: 5 parts water to 1 of cordial.
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