I have never made Elderflower cordial before and have often drooled over fellow blogger's pictures of the pretty stuff in years gone by. When we moved into our little house I was delighted to discover and Elderflower tree in our very own garden, but what with one thing and another I seemed to miss the Elderflower season last year. Although the Elderberries were lovely, I was determined not to miss the flower this year. I've not been doing my seasonal bucket lists recently but if I had of been this would definitely of been on my summer to do list (makes mental note....Must start doing those lists again).
It has such a summery smell, very floral and fragrant, providing it isn't too over-powering, then I'm not so keen.
The sugar helped with the smell, boiling that up for a while made the kitchen smell very sweet.
Then of course there were the lemons. Not many things say summer like lemons.
And washing all the flowers was a pretty job. I felt like a proper country housewife making this I can tell you.
But then I had to boil it all up together and then I really wasn't too sure. It looked very pretty but the smell, hmmm well I didn't like it. It was so strong, it made me feel a bit sick. I stuck with it though. After it had boiled I had to leave it for 24 hours so it the pan it stayed.
I bottled it up the next day and took my first taste. I was gutted, I hated it. James quite liked it though, unless he was just being polite. At least I can say I've tried it, I'm glad I made it but I shan't be doing it again, I'll just stick with the berries in future. In the excitement of it being finished I forgot to take photos of the actual drink, sorry, but your really not missing all that much.
I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food website, I have used many of their recipes for various other things before and have always been impressed. Give it a go, you may like it and if not, well you can say you tried as well :)
Gem x x x