Cordial-ly Yours

I did it. Finally. I’d been talking about it for ages, and now I finally made elderflower cordial. Wow. And guess what – it’s good and drinkable, though a bit too sweet for my taste (I usually avoid sugary drinks).

You see, we have these huge elderberry bushes in our garden that the former owners planted. Steve kept saying he wanted them out, and I kept saying I was going to make „something“ with them soon but somehow, I never got round to doing it. Until now, that is.

Making elderflower cordial is so much simpler than I thought it would be. All you need is water, sugar, elderflowers and lemons.

And voilá, here’s the outcome. I only made a small batch because I wasn’t sure if we’d like it at all, and since I only add tiny amounts to my drinks, the two and a half bottles I made are going to last me forever, I guess.

So here’s the first drink I used it for: this is green tea with about two tablespoons of cordial and a mint leaf fresh from the garden. Let summer roll around, please, I’m well prepared, drinkwise.

2 comments to Cordial-ly Yours

  • I always thought a cordial was an alcoholic drink. But not seeing any form of alcohol in your list of ingredients, and not imagining there to be time for the liquid to ferment I wondered about this. So I looked up what cordials are. You must have known this, but I did not know they aren’t necessarily liqueurs. I’ve learned something today. A syrupy sweet drink doesn’t really appeal to me, but I’m fascinated, all the same by this post. By the beautiful pictures to be sure – but also to read how you will use this drink (or would it simply be a flavoring?).

    • Ella

      Thank you, Becki. I think I’ll just use it as flavouring as it’s too sweet as is. It tastes great in tea, and also adds a little extra something to water. I know some people like to put a drop or two into their bubbly but since I hardly ever drink alcohol, I don’t think I’ll ever try that. To be honest, the excitement in making cordial, and the pleasure of getting it right at first try were better than the taste of the cordial itself. *lol* I’ll be harvesting elderberries in autumn, I might try making jam, or just use the berries for dyeing fabric and yarn (guess it will be the latter).

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