June 25, 2020

Elder flower cordial with lemon a la Lønnestræde


I have been twisting this recipe on elder flower cordial a la Lønnestrædeelder flower cordial a la Palle using lemon only instead of the mixture of lemon & lime. I have picking all the elder flowers in just behind my garden in the in the surrounding of Lønnestræde.

You really should try to make your version of elder flower cordial instead of buying an industry product in the supermarket. It is a very easy thing to make and the taste is just so much better !!!

It is very easy to see in the supermarket, when it is high season for making elder flower cordial at home, as the supermarkets are running out for the citric acid powder.

Elder Flower Cordial a la Lønnestræde:
  • 40 elder flowers
  • 4 lemons - organic - in thin slices
  • 40 g citric acid
  • 1.5  kg cane sugar
  • 2 l water - boiling
  1. Shake the elder flowers very, very well, so they are free from various insects. DO NOT use water for this cleaning step, as this will reduce the wonderful taste of elder flower significantly as you remove the "yellow" flavour dust/pollen.
  2. Use a scissor to cut the flowers from the flower stem, as these apparently will increase the bitterness level in the final cordial.
  3. Place the elder flower into a big bowl, which you can close with a lid at the end.
  4. Slice the lemon into thin slices. Add into the bowl.
  5. Add the cane sugar on top
  6. Add the citric acid as well.
  7. Add the boiling water into the bowl.
  8. Stir the sugar into solution, so it does not form a sediment on the bottom, which is difficult to dissolved later, when the cordial is cold.
  9. Cover the bowl with the lid.
  10. Let the content cool down to room temperature, before you place the bowl in the refrigerator.
  11. Stir or shake the bowl daily during the infusion time.
  12. Let the elder flower cordial infuse for 4 days in the refrigerator.
  13. Sieve the cordial to remove all the different ingredients.
  14. Prepare the glass bottles by by filling them with boiling water. I do not use any preservatives, so this is important to increase shelf-life of your cordial.
  15. You can also use plastic bottles, if you want to freeze the cordial as another way of preserving it. Remember NOT to fill these bottles completely, as liquid will increase in volume, when turning into ice.
  16. Enjoy the wonderful Summer time using this cordial as "plain" cordial mixing with water (with or without gas), mixing with wine or sparkling wine. Or mix it gin or vodka and lots of ice.

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