I have elderflowers growing right outside my window and still, this is my first time making my own homemade elderflower cordial.
There are several reasons for this. For one, we don’t drink sugar sweetened beverages in my house. Never have.
Once a year, I buy a bottle of cordial and that’s when we have the twins’ friends over to celebrate their birthday in November. I do this primarily because I don’t want my kids to face the disappointment of their friends about going to a birthday party where they only serve water. Yes, that’s pure peer pressure. I usually buy enough for them to have one glass each and then we “run out”. Strangely, most kids accept drinking water after that explanation.
Secondly, I’m scared to death by recipes with 1 kilo of sugar which is what you find in most cordial recipes.
I decided to make mine a bit differently.
After making it, I realized that it doesn’t really matter if you use 1 kilo of sugar or you use 0,5 cup of sugar. What really matters is how you mix your final drink. And cordial with tons of sugar is very sweet meaning that you use way less of it. Mine is not very sweet meaning that you will have to use more of it for a tasty drink. Maybe the end result doesn’t vary that much.
None the less, I made mine with very limited sugar/sweetener. You can drink is as it is but we top it up with a bit of water.
For a sweeter drink, add stevia drops. I made them optional in the recipe.
1 LARGE BOTTLE
- 15-20 elderflower heads
- peel and juice from 1 organic lemon
- 0,5 cup (1 dl) of coconut palm sugar (adlink)
- optional: stevia drops to your liking
- 1,5 liter of water
2. Cut of the peel from the lemon (mind the white part of the peel as it will make your drink bitter). Juice the lemon. Pour both peel and juice over the elderflowers.
3. In a pot, bring water and coconut palm sugar to bowl until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour the water over the elderflowers and allow to cool.
4. Now, allow the cordial to infuse. I put mine in the fridge for 3 days and stirred in it once in a while.
5. Separate the elderflower and the lemon from the water and pour the water into bottles. Now, you’re ready to serve a nice glass of elderflower drink. Add stevia drops either to your glass or to the finished cordial before pouring it in the bottle.