Friday, 30 January 2015

Elderflower Syrup

I am lucky to have Elder Flower shrubs.  Well I am only lucky to have two because I chose to buy them.
One is in the ground and is 1m high while the other is confined to a pot at 40cm high but still producing fragrant and pretty Elder Flower heads continually over summer.
Elder flowers are good for  inflammation, they are anti viral and also good for cold/flu symptoms, sore ears, nose and throat.

Now that summer holidays have passed and I am back to work I am always planning projects in the quieter moments of my day.  These include making use of the wonderful produce growing in our garden or planning the evening dinner, anything that does not involve paperwork.

With this gorgeous Elder Flower Syrup you can flavour water, tea, lemonade, kombucha, jellies or vodka.    1 part Elder Flower Syrup to 3 parts of lemonade.  Just 2 tablespoons in a cup of tea.
Anything that needs a little added intensity of flavour will benefit with the addition of  Elder Flower Syrup.


Elder Flower Syrup

1 organic lemon
4 heads Elder Flowers
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

In a small saucepan bring the water to boil, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Wash and slice the lemon, add to the hot water/sugar mixture.
Crumble the unwashed elder flowers over the top, brushing them off the stem so only the flower is added.
Cover with muslin or cheesecloth and let sit at room temperature for two days.
Strain into a jug and refrigerate or freeze until needed.

Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx