The summer view across the valley is vibrantly green and gorgeous. The neighbouring woods are lush and look just like something out of a Constable painting. With everyone's silage crop taken off , there are now a large number sheep grazing in the fields opposite.
The elder trees around the farm are in full flower now and I fully intend to make some elderflower cordial again. I have not made it for a couple of years and really should try it again, it is so simple.
Here is the recipe I use;
1 litre/2 pints elderflowers,Water,Granulated sugar,Lemons
Gather enough elderflowers to fill a 2 pint measure when lightly packed.
Cover with water and simmer for 30 minutes. Top up pan if necessary to keep the flowers covered.
Strain the liquid through a muslin, gently squeezing it to extract all the juice and then measure the the amount of juice.
Add 12oz. sugar and the juice of 1/2 a lemon, then heat gently to dissolve the sugar.
Bring to a gentle simmer and skim off any scum that forms.
Pour the liquid into clean bottles to about 1" below the top and seal with screw tops or corks.
The cordial will keep for some weeks in the fridge but the bottles will need to be sterilised if you wish to keep it much longer.
We have a friend who makes elderflower champagne which is delicious but sneakily lethal. It should be served with a health warning!