St. Sappho Elderflower Cordial


Ingredients For Half Gallon

Brown grocery bag full of full Elderflower umbels

8 cups white sugar

1 lemon 

Small handful of Lemon Balm

  1. Harvest the elderflowers. 
  2. Take all of the flowers off the stems (the stems taste bitter).
  3. Place all the flowers in a ½ gallon jar leaving 2-3 inches of space at the top.
  4. Zest one lemon and add to the jar along with the juice of the lemon.
  5. Chop up a handful of Lemon balm and add to the jar.
  6. Make simple syrup by adding 8 cups of boiling water to 8 cups of sugar.  
  7. Pour over the flowers.
  8. Stir 2-3 times/day tasting at each stir time.
  9. When it hits “peak deliciousness” strain. Usually 2-3 days.
  10. “Preserve” the solution with your favorite vodka. Preservation requires the final total solution to be a total of 25% alcohol. (Remember that when you are drinking it!)
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