I won’t lie, I was surprised with how many of you wanted the recipe! It is actually very easy and a great one to get the kids involved with. It is also a great way of showing kids the ingredients that go into these things. In the autumn I try and make blackberry jam too- which is also a great way of showing kids the ingredients and sugar content of foods. I’m not stopping them eating or drinking these foods and I will eat and drink with them but it is good to understand the ingredients too!

You will need:

10-15 Elderflower heads

900g sugar

Finely grated or sliced lemon

45g Citric Acid ( I bought in my local spice shop).

Method:

  1. Pick the flowers while they are dry.

  2. Have a good look at them and give them a good shake to remove any insects.

  3. Bring 600ml of water to the boil in a decent stainless steel saucepan. Add the sugar and allow to dissolve. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.

  4. Then add the elderflowers & stir. Add the lemon and then the citric acid.

  5. Cover with a tight lid and leave over night.

  6. The next day pour through a sieve and give the elderflowers a good squeeze to get the flavour out. You could also pass through some muslin and squeeze well to ensure you get all the little pieces of elderflower out of it.

  7. Pour into whatever sterile clean containers you have. I use glass bottles that have been washed well and put into a hot oven to dry – this helps to sterilise.

It’s as simple as that. I like it mixed with Ice and sparkling water & sometimes something stronger.

Let me know if you make it!

Enjoy!

Cathy