Elderflower Cold Brew With Vitamin C
One of the best things about elderflowers is the smell: floral, creamy and absolutely wonderful. It provides the true essence of early summer. The smell takes us back to childhood and Karin’s mom, who always made the most delicious elderflower cordial. Today, we’re making a cold-brewed version with much less sugar. We add three tablespoons of honey to our elderflower cordial, and that’s more than enough. You have to try this at home.
As always, we’re all about simplicity, and this must be the easiest recipe in the world. All you have to do is find 15 elderflowers, slice one lemon and mix with 4 cups of water. Cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring occasionally. Then strain the mixture through muslin or a cheesecloth, and pour into clean bottles. Done!
Elderflower Cold Brew
4 cups water
3 Tbsp honey
Shake the flower heads to remove dust and bugs, and swish them gently in a bowl of water. Slice the lemon, then put the flowers and the lemon in a bowl. Add 4 cups of water and 3 Tbsp of honey. Stir, and leave to rest in the fridge for 48 hours. Stir occasionally. Strain and bottle after two days.
No cheesecloth? No problem!
Don’t worry, there are lots of great alternatives. We use a fine mesh strainer and it’s a perfectly fine substitute for a cheesecloth. You can also try a paper coffee filter, or why not a clean pair of pantyhose.
Correctly identifying elderflowers is important as some species of elderberry can be toxic, like red elderflower for example. If you’ve never picked elderflowers, you should probably google some pictures before you head out on your first hunt.