Fragrant and refreshing, elderflower cordial is simple to make. Mix with soda water, or add to sparkling wine to start a summer party in style
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Use your cordial to...
Drizzle over fruit salad; whip into a gooseberry fool; set into jellies and serve with berries; splash over the sponge in a trifle; drizzle over lemon sorbet.
Elders burst into life at the end of May and flower through to the middle of June. The secret to making a well-flavoured cordial is to pick flowers on a sunny day before it gets too hot, then use as soon as possible. Choose the freshest-looking heads, frothy with creamy-white flowers.