- 1kg caster sugar
- 2 unwaxed organic lemon, halved, plus a strip of peel
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 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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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.
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.
Citric acid/ vitamin c powder
These can be bought from chemists and health food shops.
You can keep the cordial in sterilised bottles in a cool, dark place for two months or in the fridge for six months. If you want to keep it longer, it can be frozen.
To sterilise the bottles, wash them in hot soapy water, rinse, then place on a baking sheet in a low oven to dry completely.