Spring is well and truly here, so keep an eye out for elderflower in the hedgerows on footpaths and bridleways.
Best picked on a sunny morning, when the flowers are dry, this a perfect recipe for a novice forager...
TOP TIP - Instead of keeping the cordial in the fridge, pour it into an ice cube tray and defrost and dilute as needed.
You will need:
30 elderflower heads
1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
900g/2lb caster sugar
50g/2oz citric acid (available from chemists)
2 unwaxed oranges, sliced
3 unwaxed lemons, sliced
What to do:
1. Gently rinse over the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.
2. Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl.
3. Stir well and leave to cool.
4. Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices, and then the flowers.
5. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
6. Strain through some muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles.
Store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks