Summers in Denmark: picture-perfect blue skies, happy people, the smell of fresh-cut grass and barbecues… what’s not to love
And then there are the summer blossoms, the hydrangea, the wisteria, the rhododendron…
I live close to a plant nursery and the sheer variety of flowers in every color and emitting every fragrance is mind-blowing.
The nursery is on the way home from the munchkin’s daycare. So it is a favorite past-time for us to look at all the flowers and name the colors and sometimes even the species <3
On of my early summer favorites is Elderflower. The tiny creamy white beauties with their heady fragrance are the perfect harbingers of summer and I just love their scent.
I can’t remember the first time I had Elderflower lemonade, but it was sometime during my first summer in Denmark. It is called ‘Hyldeblomstsaft’ here and I was hooked to the unique and refreshing drink.
My Danish friends told me that it was quite easy to make Elderflower cordial at home and that elderflowers can be easily foraged during summer, but foraging was completely foreign to me then.
Not that I am a great forager now, but I am quite open to cooking with dandelions, forest mushrooms, wild garlic, all those wonderful ingredients…
Anyway, I have been planning to make Elderflower cordial for some years now. Funnily enough, last year at the end of summer, I figured out that one of the trees in my garden, producing these fragrant flowers (that turned into very tart berries at the end of summer) was actually an Elder tree!!
Imagine, a summer’s supply of elderflowers in my own garden!! Wheeeeeeeeeee!!
So when the flowers started blossoming last week, I knew it was finally time to make elderflower cordial 😀
This cordial is seriously one of the simplest you can make. Water and sugar are boiled together and poured over lemons and elderflowers and the mix is left to infuse for a couple of days. That’s it!
The result is wonderful, elderflower scented cordial that makes a most refreshing drink when mixed with water and ice. I also like to add some mint. Yum…
The cordial can also be used to make many, many desserts! Cakes, ice-creams, sorbet, trifles, I can see some more elderflower recipes coming up 😀
I am bringing this lovely, summery Elderflower cordial to Angie’s awesome Friday Fiesta. Today’s party is being hosted by Sue@Birgerbird and Prudy@Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs. I’m sure the party goers will have some brilliant ideas for this cordial 😉 and it will go very well with all the amazing food that is a regular feature at this soiree!
Here’s the recipe.
25 Elderflower Heads
3 organic unwaxed Lemons
1 liter Water
500 grams Sugar
lemon slices and a few mint sprigs to serve
Check the elderflowers and make sure there are insect-free. Shake them a bit to get rid of any insects. Do not wash them, because you will wash the fragrance away.
Zest 2 of the lemons and squeeze out their juice. Cut the 3rd lemon into slices.
Put the elderflower heads into a large bowl along with the lemon zest, juice and slices.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and stir it till the sugar dissolves.
Pour the syrup over the elder flowers and lemon slices and let it cool on the kitchen table.
Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let it soak 2 days in a cool place.
Place a clean tea-towel or muslin cloth over a colander and sieve the cordial.
Pour the cordial into bottles and store in the refrigerator.
It will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
You can also freeze the cordial in a ice-cube tray or freezer bags to store them for much longer.
To serve, mix 1 part of the cordial with 3 parts of water or soda and lots of ice.
You can also optionally add lemon slices and mint sprigs.
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