Pick your flowers early in the day and, this may seem obvious, only pick from bushes that smell nice. Some species smell a bit like wee and that is not the flavour of Summer that you are trying to capture! Make sure you pick from many bushes rather than just stripping one bare as your local wildlife feeds from the berries that form from the flowers.
You'll need: makes 10 litres
- carrier bag full of elderflower heads - mine weighed in at 1.2kg
- 5kg granulated sugar
- 6 litres water
- 3 unwaxed lemons
- 2 heaped tablespoons full of lavender flowers (for a subtle taste but use a bit more if you like it more pronounced)
- 2 tsp citric acid (optional)
- Give each head of elderflower a good shake to get rid of creepy crawlies and snap off as much green stalk as you can.
- Heat your water and sugar and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Once hot but not boiling add you flowers and submerge. Slice your lemons and add them too.
- Leave for up to 3 days.
- Line a colander with some muslin or clean cloth (I use a clean pillowcase if I have run out of muslin) and strain your syrup. If using citric acid stir it in now then bottle up your lovely floral syrup.