There’s something really special about making your own cordial from scratch. The foraging is great fun with kids and the whole process is much simpler than you might think.
From May through June, possibly into early July, elderflower blossoms all over the UK and you only need a few heads to make a gorgeous, refreshing, lemony cordial that will last well into the summer.
If you’ve never foraged for elderflower before, it’s absolutely vital that you make sure you’re collecting the right flowers. This guide is excellent and explains how to spot elderflower, which grows up high on bushes, versus other similar looking plants including the very poisonous cowbane. If in any doubt, please don’t take any risks.
When picking elderflower, it’s best to choose a sunny, dry day and pick flowers with the buds just opening. They should smell fresh and have that distinctive elderflower aroma, they shouldn’t smell damp or unpleasant.