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Recipe - Elderflower Cordial
Ingredients (makes about 5 pints)
30 elderflower heads (fresh - the tiny buds should have just opened and come to bloom)
6 pints (3 litres) of boiling water
2lb (900g) caster sugar
1 packet of citric acid (available from chemists)
2 unwaxed oranges (sliced)
3 unwaxed lemons (sliced)
Rinse the elderflowers gently in running water.
Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water in a very large mixing bowl. Leave to cool.
Add the citric acid, the sliced oranges and lemons, and then the flowers.
Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Strain through a muslin cloth and pour the strained mixture into sterilized bottles. (Make sure the bottles are airtight).