I saw your tweet about the fritters, and they looked so good! St. Germain is lovely, but sometimes it’s too sweet for me. This cordial sounds like a really nice option for controlling the sweetness a bit. Now to find some elderflowers…
Oh oh oh! I tried making elderflower liqueur a few weeks back and all the blossoms turned brown! I’m going to brave a second try, and perhaps make it a cordial this time. These photos are extra lovely, Tim.
This was my first year to make elderflower cordial, too. I still haven’t worked up the nerve to deep fry the blossoms at home! The cordial is wonderful stirred into sliced strawberries (let it sit to macerate while the strawberries release their juices), then divided among glasses and topped with equal parts seltzer and sparkling wine. Very pretty….
And those swing top bottles—-love the shapes and sizes of those three….especially the rectangular one. Where do you suggest getting swing top bottles. I like to make homemade syrups for my bell inis, and those bottles would make a great display. Love the recipe for the cordial. Thank you.
Tim! This is really perfect because just recently I was standing under a huge elderflower tree wondering about recipes. (Kartik asks if they are found in CA and yes, the tree was in Pasadena) I have such a fond memory of hiking in Switzerland and coming upon a sweet forest cafe where we had elderflower drinks. I look forward to trying these recipes!
I only discovered elderflower cordial after moving to Ireland, and now I can’t get enough of it. I have two trees in my garden and make cordial from them, but my favourite way to use it is to pour a couple tablespoons into a champagne flute and top it up with prosecco, such a summer treat.
Where I live (Slovenia), elderflower bushes grow literally around every corner :) And the flowers are now already turning into berries, that are used in marmelades and for medicinal purposes. But the most common use for the elderflowers around here is for making tea – we dry the flowers and then we mix them with dried linden flowers. Some lemon and honey and you can relive the summertime in the middle of the cold winter :)
The picture of the flowers in your post looked exactly like the unidentified bush outside our kitchen window… We’ve done a little more research now, and sure enough, it is an Elderberry! Thank you Lottie + Doof! For your culinary inspiration as well as for plant identification. Deliciousness awaits! (now if only we happened upon lemon and orange trees somewhere on the property. Unlikely, as we’re in Iowa, not California.)
I’ve been a quiet follower but the mention of elderflower got me all sorts of excited! I just had my first taste of elderflower last week at Ikea (yes, Ikea), which sells darling juice boxes of the tasty drink. They also carry elderflower syrup and jam. I’m totally inspired by your recipe here!
My husband actually discovered elderflower liqueur at a bourbon festival he attended. He immediately went to the ABC store and concocted a cocktail of champagne, soda water, st. germaine and lemon. It’s to date one of our favorite refreshing drinks.
I grew up in Switzerland and Elderberry Syrup was a staple in my house when my kids were little; I bottled some every summer. It’s a great source of vitamin C and is a good remedy for colds… We also have a summer drink called “HUGO” that is very popular and it’s simple but super refreshing: pour a bit of elderberry syrup into a glass of champagne or prosecco, garnish with some mint and enjoy! I live in Canada now and elderberry bushes are a bit harder to find but my kids still demand the syrup ever year.