A few years ago I started making the cordial myself, since we have lots of 'Common Elder' plants on our property.
|Freshly cut Elderflowers and Lemon|
|Tiny blossoms in the sugar-lemon-water solution.|
Here are the simplified instructions for anyone who would like to make this refreshing beverage:
Dissolve sugar in water (5 parts sugar, 3 parts water - or whatever ratio works for you - the sugar is mainly used to preserve the syrup. If less sugar is used, the syrup/juice can spoils rather quickly - unless it's stored frozen. I did this too one year - made with agave syrup and honey, instead of sugar)
Add the peel and juice from lemons
add elderflowers (freshly picked, washed - as many as you can fit, I usually add a few more after a day or two)
let stand for several days (in the fridge)
Strain and fill in mason jars or glass bottles that can be closed tightly.
Pour some syrup into a glass, add ice, water - ENJOY!
(I was enjoying too quickly to take a picture ;))
Thanks for reading!!!
I also found a link on Wikipedia... (after I wrote all this to find a better name for 'syrup' or 'juice' - I didn't know there was the term 'cordial' for this particular beverage - one never stops learning ;)