You probably have seen the trees around somewhere this time of year. They’re filled with big flowerscreens and smell amazing. I’ve been thinking about doing something with elderflowers for a while, so I decided to go for a walk in the big park behind our house and pick some to make Elderflower Syrup.
Elder flower syrup can be used for a lot of things! You can pour some syrup over ice, make lemonade by mixing it with water, use it in a gin and tonic or make a delicious cocktail by adding prosecco and sparkling water. I can’t wait to try a few of these!
Making Elderflower Syrup is very easy, you don’t need many things and you can easily pick the main ingredient in the wild. But please have respect for nature. I only picked 2 flowerscreens from each tree, so there are plenty left to turn into elderberries. Don’t empty an entire tree, insects and wildlife depend on it!
This is what you need to make about 1 litre of Elderflower Syrup:
- 12-15 screens of elderflowers (depending on how big they are)
- 1 biological lemon
- 500 grams of sugar
- Water (about 1 liter)
After you’ve picked the flowers, cut as many of the stems from the flowers. These aren’t suitable for consumption.
Cut the lemon in slices and put in a pan together with the flowers. Add water until you’ve just submerged the flowers. Put the lid on and let it sit for at 24 hours to make an “elderflower tea” in a warm place.
Pour the liquid through a teatowel so you have the maximum amount of liquid without any flowers or other pieces in it.
Add the leftover liquid in a pot with 500 grams of sugar per liter. Boil it for 10 minutes, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Pour it in (glass) bottles or jars and store it in the fridge! If you sterilise your bottle/jar before putting the syrup in you can keep it for months!
I can’t wait to make some delicious things with the Elderflower Syrup! I think I’m going to start with a nice prosecco cocktail this weekend. Want to see what else I’m up to these weekends? Check out my Instagram: @Oktoberdots.