Friday, 22 June 2012

A taste of Summer....

OK so the weather is rubbish! This is Britain and we have to at some point accept that we don't get predictable lovely Summers as they do in other parts of the world. In fact, it is pretty safe to say that Summer is a pretty void season here, quite literally! Perhaps if we braced ourselves for storms and cold weather, we wouldn't feel so disappointed when such conditions occur.
Enough of that business, I wanted to share some of my sweet, delicious Summer nectar with you so that you can bottle it and dream......

Kim's Elderflower Cordial:

30 Elderflower heads, picked on a dry day and lightly rinsed
2 lbs sugar
6 pints of boiling water
1 packet of citric acid (available at chemists although they do ask what you are going to do with it, so steer clear of bomb-making answers!)
3 lemons
1 orange

Pour the boiling water over the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Allow to cool.
Add the citric acid, elderflower heads and juice of the lemons and orange, I squeeze each then chuck in the skins chopped up!

Stir and cover.
Leave for 24 hours then strain into bottles.
 Don't be put off by the rather 'urine-like' colour or the bugs, just strain those out and wipe them from your memory!
I just use a bit of clean net curtain for this (with small holes of course).
Dilute with water, sit back and enjoy! xx

If you bottle in an old fizzy drinks bottle you can freeze your mixture and enjoy it all year round, otherwise it's best kept in the fridge.

Mmmmm delicious!


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