Want to be able to claim that you ‘forage’, but don’t know where to start? Elderflower cordial is wild food foraging made easy. Pour your friends a prosecco and homemade elderflower cordial aperitivo on a warm summer’s evening, and they will be well impressed. Simply go out and pick 45 heads of elderflower, buy a few lemons and a bag of sugar, and in a day or two you will have a few litres of gorgeous cordial that beats any of the shop-bought stuff. Now is the time my friends, pick them while you can.

Makes 2-3 litres

  • 45 heads of elderflower (don’t pick them too old - if they have turned a brownish creamy colour and the flowers are falling off then the flavour won’t be as good. You want them white and fresh. Just use some scissors to cut off the head from the stalk, and make sure you strip away any leaves.
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 2 litres of boiling water