The elder bushes are just coming into flower here on the East Berwickshire coast and if you would like to make some delicious cordial this is a good recipe and we have citric acid
20 freshly picked large elderflower heads (shake to remove any insects!)
1.35kg Granulated Sugar
1.7ltrs Boiling Water
3 Washed Lemons
55grms Citric Acid*
Peel the lemons with a potato peeler and squeeze the juice from them. Place in a large pan with the sugar, citric acid and boiling water. Heat over gentle heat to dissolve sugar then remove from heat. Add elderflower heads, if necessary transferring to a sanitised food-grade plastic bin, and cover. Leave for 24 hours. Then strain liquid through muslin or a new J-cloth rinsed in boiling water. Use sanitised jug & funnel to fill sterilised glass or plastic bottles, screw on caps and store in cool place. Cordial can be frozen in plastic bottles but leave space for expansion. Makes approx 2 – 3 pints. Dilute to serve.
*Citric acid reduces cloudiness