Question: Where Can I Find Elderflower Syrup?

December 30, 2009


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It is in darbo fruit syrup

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First of all you'll need some elderflowers. Depending on where you live, they could be in flower from late April until the end of July. If you're lucky enough to live in a mountainous area then you could get a supply over a three month period as they blossom later, the further up the mountain you go. Make sure you have the right flower.There are some similar looking plants which will not make a refreshing drink.
Collect them from a area which is well away from roads and any other forms of pollution. Don't pick too many heads from one bush as birds feed on the berries in September. The quantity here is enough for about 5 litres of syrup.
Get some lemons rather than a plastic bottle of lemon juice. Try to get ones that are untreated - check out your local bio store - as otherwise the peel is covered in loads of chemicals. Rinse them to get rid of dust.
You'll need a lot of sugar. Jeremy uses a five kilo bag of sugar with three litres of water. Yes, it is a lot but that preserves the drink, no bugs can live in it. Add the three litres of water and heat - not because it needs cooking but simply to dissolve the sugar.
While you're waiting for the sugar to dissolve, grate the lemons. Try not to get too much pith as this will affect the taste. Once grated, throw the lemon peel into the sugar solution.
Once the lemons are ready, as they are in the picture, squeeze them and add the juice and pulp to the mixture. Don't add the pith. Take the pith (ha ha) and put it on your compost heap. They'll take a long time to rot but it will make your compost smell good!.
It is a good idea to rinse the elderflower heads before putting them into the syrup. Also remove any dead mice, bugs, leaves etc. Stir the mixture well. It doesn't have to be heated but will probably still be warm. Make sure there is no sugary sludge on the bottom of your pan.
over the pan for about 3-4 days. This will allow the flavour of the elderflower to diffuse into the syrup. Make sure that the syrup is well covered so that animals and or small children don't upset it - it is quite sensitive.
And finally, the bottling process. Sterilise your bottles by putting them in an oven on low heat for around ten minutes - too hot and they'll crack. Remove the elderflower heads from the syrup then decant the syrup into the bottles through a sieve. Store in a cool dark place.