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Author Notes: I learned how to make elderflower cordial from my mother-in-law in Sweden. To make it, you collect 40 elderflower blooms and simmer them with lemons, sugar and water to make a cordial. This cordial can be used to make saft - a soda based drink, and for cocktails, parfaits and more. It's a lovely and ephemeral taste of summer in Sweden. —NotesOnDinner
Makes 8 cups cordial
- 40 Elderflower clusters
- 3 lemons., sliced
- 4 pounds superfine sugar
- 2 1/2 ounces citric acid
- 8 cups water
- 2 tablespoons cordial
- 6 ounces mineral water
- 3-4 cucumber slices
- 1 sprig mint
- Combine the elderflowers, lemons and citric acid in a very large heat proof bowl that can accommodate all of the water and sugar. In a large saucepan boil the water and sugar together, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup over the elderflowers and lemons and cover with a clean cloth. Let rest for 3-5 days.
- Strain the mixture and discard all elderflowers and lemons. Pour cordial into sterilized bottles and store in a cool dark spot. The cordial can be used immediately.
- To make saft, add 2 tbsp cordial to 6 ounces of sparkling water, or to taste. Garnish with cucumbers and mint leaves. Variations might include raspberries, strawberries or even a little rhubarb syrup.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Soda Fountain Recipe