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Elderflower Cordial
Sun 6-Jun-10
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Danny
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Bob, re elderflower cordial, I have no idea about vodka but this one is quite popular and may give you some ideas for trying your own variation:

Fiona’s traditional elderflower cordial recipe

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Hi Danny,

I had a look at the link and that's similar to how I start the elderflower wine. I guess I could make some strong cordial then add vodka to make the fake St Germain. I might give it a go later in the week. In the meantime I've just put some flowers in a jug with sugar and cheap supermarket vodka and I'll see how that works out.

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Sun 6-Jun-10
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I shall look forward to hearing the result of your experiment.

I'll try that again!

Sat 12-Jun-10
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I've just set up a bucket with what will hopefully turn out to be elderflower champagne as per this recipe from HFW.

We went out for a walk this afternoon and, inspite of seeing loads of trees in people's gardens everywhere, we only found one tree in the Woodland Trust place near us. If it hadn't been for G's longer arms and legs I'd never have got to the blossoms.

Fingers crossed.

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Sat 12-Jun-10
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Fingers firmly crossed Shereen.  WellDone Take a walking-stick with you next time to gently bring the boughs closer to you.  You could also ask the owners of those trees in gardens if they'd mind sharing with you.

I'll try that again!

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Did anyone see Hugh FW last night making wine from gorse flowers?   He said it was delicious and had of course  coconut  overtones.  Needed a lot of flowers and very difficult to pick, but some of you may be interested.  Sloe_Gin

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Tue 15-Jun-10
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I have spotted an elder tree opposite or land. Think I might have to strip all the berries off it since it is an invasive plant here Smug

Tue 15-Jun-10
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Faced with too much elderflower cordial, daughter suggested we fill ice-cube bags with it. It's great, we can make a cool drink with a couple of elderflower ice cubes and some cold fizzy water - add a twist of lemon and a slice of cucumber - sorted. Ok

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oh I like the idea of that; memo to self get some ice cube bags!!

Tue 15-Jun-10
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That sounds lovely, Brightspark. A real summery drink.

Tue 15-Jun-10
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Shereen said:

That sounds lovely, Brightspark. A real summery drink.


 

Shereen, it is lovely - and very refreshing, too. Not unlike a sherbet lemon drink (though I don't suppose you're old enough to remember them!).

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I bottled my 'hopefully will turn into elderflower champagne' today. Having read around online a lot I used sterilised lemonade bottles, and will hopefully avoid any bottle explosions.

I filtered half of it through a fine cotton hankerchief and half of it through a cotton hankerchief and then coffee filters. Just to see if it makes any difference to the end product.

And I'm keeping the bottles, loosely wrapped in black bags in case of explosion, in the cupboard under the stairs. I had planned to use the shed, but this giant bright thing has been shining in the sky every day this week and it's strangely warm outside.

I tasted a little of the filtered liquid and it had a pleasantly floral lemony taste. Looking forward to tasting it next week.

Sun 8-Aug-10
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hi everyone we are about to harvest some elderberries and would like to do some cordial ,but we have been told that it wont keep is this rite or do you think our freinds did somthing wrong. also we have been told it starts to ferment itself because of the natural yeast it contains ,have we got the wrong end of the stick or are there pitfalls with elderberries in drinks MOS xx

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MOS, I've posted a link to a recipe on the topic Elderberry cordial.

I'll try that again!

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