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Elderflower Cordial
Sat 1-May-10
5:34 pm
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It was Fionas Elderflower Cordial Recipe that first brought me to this site and once again my house is suffused with the aromatic smell of infusing elderflowers (think lemony cat pee and you wont be far off!!)

I adore this drink, as does my son, so I intend to make loads this year; this batch a doubled up batch of Fionas recipe. 

I can heartily recommend this to all the forum!!Chef

Sat 1-May-10
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shelley said:

It was Fionas Elderflower Cordial Recipe that first brought me to this site and once again my house is suffused with the aromatic smell of infusing elderflowers (think lemony cat pee and you wont be far off!!)

I adore this drink, as does my son, so I intend to make loads this year; this batch a doubled up batch of Fionas recipe. 

I can heartily recommend this to all the forum!!Chef


Must admit the lemony cat pee does not endear me to the drink.  I think I will take your word for it on how wonderful it is.Wink

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Sat 1-May-10
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I love the smell of the flowers in the wild, but not too sure about indoors.  Ours isn't in bloom yet.  Frown

I'll try that again!

Sat 1-May-10
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Have you never tried it then Danuta?

It really is deliciously refreshing. You can buy a good commercial variety at all the main supermarkets in the uk.

Sat 1-May-10
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I've tried those but as with everything that is commercially made, they seem very sweet to me.  I shan't be making any either, I shall save the blossom to become berries. Wine

I'll try that again!

Sat 1-May-10
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there is sooo much here that there is plenty for berry collecting later!

Sat 1-May-10
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To be honest I don't know if I have tasted it, but I don't think we have many elderberry trees here. Perhaps I shall buy some and let you know if I like it.

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Sat 1-May-10
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It is certainly worth trying - I haven't made any for a while, but last year, daughter made plenty - served with sparkling water and slice of lemon, and slice of cucumber - so refreshing.  Chef

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Sun 2-May-10
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I used to make it too, you can also make elderflower fritters but I haven't ever managed to get around to that. I would grow some plants here but they are on the list of invasive species so I guess I had better not.Eeek

Sun 2-May-10
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We think that the elder tree that grows at our gable end may have died. No leaves, and now it's May. That would be a shame because it was very fruitful. Fiona used to harvest both the blossoms and the berries. I think the cordial is wonderfully light and refreshing but agree with TA that commercial ones contain far too much sugar. There is one concentrate on the market, comes in a green bottle, that is potable because you can dilute it as much as you want.

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Sun 2-May-10
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It would be very sad if you have lost that tree.  I hope there are others in the area that you can harvest from?

I want to try the flower fritters, as Joanna does, but the idea of mixing up a batter then frying then WASHING IT ALL UP, is way beyond my endurance.  Thumbs_Down

I'll try that again!

Mon 3-May-10
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I think that is what put me off TA

Mon 3-May-10
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Danny, I think I have seen a couple of different elderflower cordial concentrates. I like it (very) diluted with sparkling mineral water. I have a black elder that survived the winter, but suspect that yet again I will not manage to harvest the flowers this year.

Tue 4-May-10
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Thanks, Barbara (and TA).

But to have fantastically fructulent bush/tree growing right beside us within our own boundaries was a particular joy. Never thought thought it could die.

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Fri 14-May-10
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Yes, I'd have thought elder was pretty long-lived and frost resistant. When plants give up and die, especially special ones like that, you notice the hole they leave, in the menu and in the garden.

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