How to impress with flowers at a summer lunch party

Now is the time to do a spot of foraging and pick Elderflower while it's in flower. There's a small window, so grab the opportunity to pick up your secateurs to go and hunt for hedgerows laiden with the pretty white flower. It's a great way to impress your lunch and supper guests over the summer with your homemade cordial. Not sure how to make Elderflower cordial? It's easier than you think!


20 Elderfower Heads

1 Litre boiling water

1kg Granulated sugar

2 lemon zest

50g Citric acid (you can get this from the chemist and comes in a little packet).

1. The first job is to pick your Elderflowers and then shake and gently wash them so that you don't have any little creature visitors in your cordial.

2. Put the sugar in a saucepan to dissolve in the boiling water. Add the citric acid and lemon zest. Next add the Elderflower heads and leave for 1-2 days, stirring occasionally.

3. Strain the elderflower cordial through a muslin and put into a bottle ready to use, just add water to drink. (Personally I like it with fizzy water).

4. Enjoy!! It's a lovely refreshing drink to enjoy through the summer months.

Top Tips - pick the flowers first thing in the morning while the secnt is at its peek. You can also freeze the cordial.

For more floral inspiration check out our Instagram page.

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