Rose and Elderflower Cordial
( perfect for use with white wine , champagne or sparkling water )
This easy homemade creation will easily outshine your store-bought Pimms for fresh and bright summer libation. Plus, it lends itself readily to both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version. I suggest makign a double or triple recipe and storing it in the fridge to use over the next few weeks as it somehow seems to disappear rather quickly. -Matt Miller
15 elderflower heads, gently rinsed clean of any insects
2 heads of fragrant red roses, picked of petals. About 40 in total
Peel of 2 lemons
500ml boiling water
300g caster sugar
100ml lemon juice
Place the elderflower heads, rose petals and lemon peel in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water and make sure the florets and petals are fully submerged. Leave to cool, cover and leave in a cool room to infuse for a day or two.
Strain the liquid into a saucepan, pressing on the petals in the sieve to extract maximum flavour. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat so that the liquid simmers and cook for 4-5 minutes. Allow to cool, pour into a sterilised bottle and store in the fridge.
Our Tudor Inspiration
The conserve of roses when taken in the morning fasting and last at night, strengthens the heart, and takes away the shaking ands trembling thereof , strengthens the liver , kidneys and other weak entrails, comforts a weak stomach that is moist and raw. - Rev. John Gerard 1601