Elderflower, lemon & vanilla cordial

Elderflower, lemon & vanilla cordial

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus steeping

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 1 litre

A refreshing floral concentrate to dilute with water as a drink or use in creamy light desserts like fools and syllabubs

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (100ml of diluted cordial)

kcalories
67
protein
0g
carbs
17g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
17g
salt
0g

Ingredients

  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 2 unwaxed organic lemons, halved, plus a strip of peel
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds reserved
  • 1 tbsp citric acid powder or vitamin C powder
  • about 40 fresh elderflowers, shaken free of bugs, lightly rinsed

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Method

  1. Fill a large pan with 2 litres water. Add the sugar, lemons, vanilla pod and powder, and bring slowly to the boil. Boil rapidly until the mixture has reduced by half, then remove from the heat.
  2. Add the elderflowers to the pan and stir gently. Leave to cool completely, then pass through a sieve lined with muslin into another clean pan. Whisk in the vanilla seeds and store the cordial in sterilised bottles with a strip of peel and the vanilla pod added (see tips below). To make a refreshing drink, use 1 part cordial to 5 parts iced water.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2012

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kirstienic's picture
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This is gorgeous! I served it with sparkling water for the drivers at a summer get together and it didn't fail to impress!

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