Elderflower Cordial – Hand Written Instructions

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After enjoying the elderflower champagne made earlier in the month and reading the appreciative comments it attracted I was reminded of another elderflower drink that is just as easy to make and a lot more stable – elderflower cordial.

Rummaging through my “brewing bag of tricks”which has been sadly neglected over the past couple of years I was delighted to find this hand written sheet, given to me by my Homebrew Guru, Richard Burns – Proprietor of Cheers Winemaking and Brewing Sutton, which gives the method used and lists ingredients for making elderflower cordial.

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

By mid June any remaining elderflowers were due to quickly disappear and a forecast of poor weather meant time was of the essence to gather the required number of elderflower heads and a furtive trip around the hedgerows of Bovey Tracey delivered the

For this recipe it suggests:

  • 20 – 30 Elderflower Heads – (snip off heavy green stalks)
  • 3 pints cold water
  • 2 ½ to 3 lb sugar (depending on your taste)
  • 50 grams Tartaric Acid
  • 1 0r 2 lemons thinly sliced

Three steps to make elderflower cordial

  1. Mix all together in plastic bucket
  2. Leave 24 to 48 hours stirring now and then
  3. Strain into bottles

The cordial is ready to use immediately but will freeze in suitable containers.

What I love about this recipe is the vague quantities and the apologies for hand writing that is typical of Richard.

CHEERS!

Here’s a nice looking shandy that uses elderflower cordial.

And here is a video that sort of follows the method of making elderflower cordial above:

 

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On July 24th, 2008 at 11:27 am, Russia said:
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Thank You! I like drink a little :)
But this instruktion I don’t know.
Sorry my English :)

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On August 7th, 2008 at 12:39 pm, Easy Money said:
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The picture of the recipe is really cool. A nice touch. Cheers

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On August 31st, 2008 at 2:13 am, Sports Drink said:
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Elderflower drink! Nice. thanks for sharing

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On November 20th, 2008 at 1:45 am, Flavia Coffee said:
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nice! I’ve never tried it, but it looks good!

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On March 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm, Champers all round - POP! said:
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Thanks for the elderflower champagne recipe. Definitely sounds like a drink I will have to try. This should be a crowd pleaser. Pop!

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On June 4th, 2009 at 6:58 am, Juan Kerr said:
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Elderflower cordial is the drink to make this year – many people have come unstuck making volatile elderflower champagne with bottles exploding making a right old mess.

If you dilute Elderflower cordial with dirt cheap fizzy water it’s practically the same – creating a refreshing elderflower fizzy drink

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On June 27th, 2009 at 5:20 pm, annie said:
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where can i get tartaric acid? please. Is there a more common household name? I am going to try to make the cordial this year as there appears to be tons of elderflowers this yr. thanks

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On June 27th, 2009 at 5:46 pm, Pasty Muncher said:
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Hi Annie

Tartaric acid is no longer sold by pharmacies (something to do with cooking some type of narcotic) however you can find it in homebrew shops (or online).

Having said that I used citric acid instead for the batch I made this year – tastes superb still.

Enjoy

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On May 6th, 2010 at 11:29 am, Sarah PJ White said:
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I make Elderflower cordial with citric acid – I also add sliced lemon, lime and orange to the mix.

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On June 12th, 2010 at 3:36 pm, Polgara said:
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I’ve got cream of tartar in my cupboard. Is this like Tartaric Acid? How much would I use? Any help gratefully recieved.
Cheers

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On June 14th, 2010 at 2:58 pm, paul said:
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Just made a litre from a recipe in Sohie Grigson’s Country Kitchen. Very simular recipe. Delightful with cheap fizzy water !! Her tip for picking was wait till the tree has flowered for a couple of weeks before picking….improved flavour. From my experience they smell stronger on a sunny day so maybe better to pick then as someone on the champayne thread noted.

Cheers

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On June 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am, Pasty Muncher said:
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not sure about that I’m afraid

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On July 19th, 2010 at 11:52 pm, Dug said:
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I made a batch of elderflower cordial to this recipe and it turned out really well. Many thanks to both you and Richard.

Not only is it great with fizzy water, but it is awesome in a G&T.
.-= Dug´s last blog ..Gin & tonic with mint =-.

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On December 15th, 2011 at 12:55 pm, bridesmaid said:
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The Elderflower tea was used as an blood purifier, and as a tonic or ointment to fade freckles or skin blemishes. Even now also modern skin tonics contains elderflower. This cordial looks very healthy, and i am definitely going to try this. Thanks for the listing.

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