Elderflower and Grapefruit Cordial

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Elderflower and Grapefruit Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

Ingredients

1kg sugar

1.5l boiling water

4 medium lemons, washed

30 large Elderflower heads, stalks trimmed

55g citric acid (available from chemists)

Method

In a large saucepan, mix the sugar and boiling water together and stir until all of the sugar has dissolved, then set to one side.

Using a fine grater, grate the rind of the lemons and add to the sugar water.

Using a sharp knife, slice the lemons in to thick slices and add to the water mixture.

Next, add the citric acid and stir.

Finally, add the elderflower heads and stir thoroughly.

Take a clean tea towel, cover the saucepan and leave to infuse for 48 hours.

Using a muslin cloth, strain the mixture in to a clean bowl.

Using a funnel fill sterilised bottles with your elderflower cordial and seal.

Your elderflower can be stored in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.  

Grapefruit Cordial

Ingredients

1-2 extra-large grapefruit
2-3 lemons
230g granulated sugar

Method

In a bowl of warm water, hand wash the grapefruit, and then dry with a tea towel.

Using a fine mesh grater, zest the grapefruits and keep the zest refrigerated.

Using a sharp knife cut the grapefruits in half and using a juicer, squeeze the juice of the grapefruit to measure around 230ml.

Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice from the lemons to measure around 230ml.

Take a saucepan and gently heat the two juices together with the sugar.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature.

Stir in the grapefruit zest and ladle in to a glass bottle or jar – the cordial will keep up to six months.

TIP:  Juice of a fruit can vary from fruit to fruit, but the key to a successful cordial is using equal measurements of the three ingredients.  

Products Used 

KITCHEN CRAFT STAINLESS STEEL 20CM EXTRA DEEP SAUCEPAN

MASTER CLASS ETCHED STAINLESS STEEL FINE GRATER

MASTER CLASS 15CM CERAMIC CHEFS KNIFE

KITCHEN CRAFT DOG SILHOUETTE SET OF 2 TEA TOWELS

HOME MADE BUTTER MUSLIN

HOME MADE STAINLESS STEEL ADJUSTABLE JAM FUNNEL

MASTER CLASS STAINLESS STEEL CITRUS FRUIT SQUEEZER

KITCHEN CRAFT STAINLESS STEEL GRAVY LADLE

HOME MADE 500ML CORDIAL BOTTLE