Elder Flower Cordial smells and tastes like summer.
It is time to harvest your bunch of elderflowers and create a magic drink 🙂
For me, it tastes the best mixed with water, fresh mint, ice, and a squeeze of lemon.
Elder flower-infused drinks are full of healthy nutrients and have been used medicinally from ancient times. This beautifully smelling flower is very rich in antioxidants and its healing power was used for colds, coughs, hay fever, fever, rheumatism and to boost the immunity system itself. The flower contains Bioflavonoids, Choline, Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, Pectin and Tannins, vitamins A, C, B-1, B-2, B-3 what make it a great anti-inflammatory agent.
What elderflower infused drinks help with?
- its diuretic properties increase urine production what help with kidney functioning
- its nutritional content boost the immunity system and purifies the blood
- it helps with bowel function and relieves intestinal problems including diarrhea or constipation
- it has a diaphoretic function that increases sweating what helps with removing toxins
- relieves symptoms of respiratory allergies and illnesses
- treats asthma, coughs, colds, fevers, etc
And it tastes just delicious!
How to make it?
I don’t want to give you one recipe for the cordial as it is up to you how much flowers or sweetener you want to use, the more flowers you use the more the cordial is going to be infused and the more sweetener you add the sweeter it is, however, I will write down how did I make it.
- 2.5 l of freshly harvested elderflower ( place them on the sheet of paper for an hour or two to let all the insects run away )
- 5 l of hot but not boiling water
- 250 g of raw honey
- 2 lemons (squeeze juice from it)
Prepare the water in a big pot, make sure the water slightly cools down but it’s still warm, add the squeezed lemon juice and honey and mix well.
Prepare a 5 l glass jar ( or a couple of small clean jars). Fill the jar with elderflowers halfway. Pour over the ready honey-lemon mixture. Close the lid and keep it that way for 3-5 days. I kept mine for 5 days as I like the cordial to be well infused. Make sure you shake the jar once a day to prevent fermenting.
After the infusion process, you strain all the flowers completely out from the cordial liquid.
Heat the cordial slightly but do not boil and pour into clean jars or bottles to store it.
You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Also, you can pasteurize some jars or put them into the freezer.
This is a good way to keep it for wintertime.
Frozen cordial tastes like ice creams!