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How to Use Elderflowers?

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

2 min Fresh Elderflower Lemonade

A bunch of fresh elderflowers with a green field at the back

Ever wondered how to use those sweet-scented elderflowers from your garden? Or are you looking for a healthier version of the classic elderflower cordial? Then it's time to quench your thirst with this super quick, 2 min Fresh Elderflower Lemonade recipe.


Elderflowers are not only delicious and oh-so-refreshing but are also famous for their antioxidant properties and natural immune support in the flu season.


These umbrella-looking creamy-white flowers are best picked on dry, warm sunny days, far from the madding crowd, I mean roads and pollution. Look out for freshly bloomed flowers – their sweet fragrance will give them away! Pick a lovely bouquet for your next refreshing summer drink and stay tuned for more recipes that I will share soon, including a 19th-century favourite dessert!


2 min Fresh Elderflower Lemonade


2 min Fresh Elderflower Lemonade to enjoy on a hot summer day.


Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 2 minutes

Servings: 2

Ingredients

· 2 tbsp sugar of your choice

· juice from half a lemon

· 4 fresh elderflower heads

· 500ml (1 pint) still water

· a few mint leaves (optional)

Method

Mix the sugar and the lemon juice in a jug until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the elderflower heads and mint leaves (if using) and top it up with water. Enjoy over ice.

a jar of fresh elderflower lemonade with fresh mint, two glasses of with fresh elderflower elderflower with ice, fresh elderflower and fresh mint on the table

Tip: If you are counting your calories, replace the sugar with your favourite natural sweetener.

two glasses with fresh elderflower lemonade and a vase with fresh roses and carnations, fresh spring of mint, a half a lemon and an elderflower

Extra tip: Elderflowers can be air-dried at home and used in the colder months to combat the symptoms of a cold. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper or paper towels and let them dry for a few days away from sunlight. They can be stored in an airtight container for a few months.


For a delicious cup of elderflower tea pop a couple of dried flowers in your favourite mug, pour over some freshly boiled water, then add honey and lemon to taste.

a closed kilner jar of dried elderflower on a tablecloth

an open kilner jar with dried elderflowers on a tablecloth

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