Muddy Makes: Elderflower cordial, fizz & ice lollies
Makes approx 10 lollies, 4 large bottles of elderflower fizz & 1 small bottle of elderflower cordial
Takes 2 days (40 mins for prep and bottling, 2 days to steep)
4 x 750ml (or equivalent) glass bottles
1 x 500ml glass bottle
Ice lolly moulds
Wooden ice lolly sticks – number to match the moulds
Note – the number of bottles you will need is variable according to how many lollies you make!
4 clusters elderflower heads
2 lemons, cut into slices
450g caster sugar
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
4.5 litres water
Pick the elderflower heads (choose fresh, white ones without browning petals) and give them a shake to remove any insects.
Place all ingredients in a large metal pan
Stir until the sugar has dissolved
Leave for 48 hours at room temperature, giving a good stir a couple of times a day
2 days after you make the elderflower cordial:
Sterilise 4 x 750ml glass bottles (or equivalent) for the elderflower bubbly, and 1 x 500ml glass bottle for the cordial
Strain the cordial – I do this by placing a sieve over a large jug and ladelling the cordial into the jug
Pour the cordial into ice lolly moulds, pop wooden sticks inside and place in freezer
Fill the four large glass bottles with the cordial, leaving a little space at the top rather than filling right to the top and screwing the lids on tight – but leaving just a little bit of room for expansion.
Leave at room temperature for two weeks until it is fizzy. It will then keep for a few months at room temperature (be careful not to allow it to get too warm though or there’s a risk of the bottle top popping off!) or in the fridge.
Place the remaining cordial into the smaller glass bottle and place in the fridge – this is ready to drink immediately, we love it with sparkling water and a sprig of mint