My all-time favorite summer drink is the elderflower syrup. I find the combination of the thick sweet syrup, soda, lemon slice and two or three ice cubes simply irresistible in the summer heat. This year, for the first time, I decided to prepare the syrup at home, following my mother’s recipe. It`s very quick and easy. We picked the elderflowers from the courtyard of our villa in Batuliya. Instead of white sugar, I used a combination of white and brown sugar, and the syrup gained a nice caramel hue and taste. For my little daughter, I made half a dose and I`ve put coconut sugar in it – it also tastes great. I’m going to use her elderflower syrup in the cake cream for her upcoming second birthday in July. I`ll share the recipe soon. And now let’s see how the homemade elderflower syrup is prepared …
What you`ll need (for one dose):
25 big elderflower heads
1 kg sugar (white, brown or coconut)
1 l water
1 pack food-grade citric acid
How to cook it:
Clean the elderflower heads from dust and insects. Put them in a saucepan and pour the water on top. Press with a plate to keep the elderflowers under water. Leave for 24 hours.
Discard the elderflower heads and strain the water in a large bowl. Add the sugar gradually and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally, add the citric acid and stir again.
Pour the syrup into a suitable bottle and store in the fridge. Keep in mind that the syrup hasn`t undergone thermal treatment or conservation so you can`t leave it for much time. But it`s so delicious that you`ll probably won`t have this problem.
As I`ve already mentioned, my favorite combination is elderflower syrup with soda. In a water cup, pour two fingers of the syrup (or more or less – depending on how sweet you prefer the drink) and add soda. Arrange with a lemon slice and ice cubes. The soda can be replaced with plain water if you don` like the flavor. Enjoy!