Growing up in rural Australia and living off the land, I was taught from a young age to forage and use what nature provides. Depending on the season, I have fond memories of days in the bush collecting giant wild mushrooms or picking juicy fat blackberries and fruit to bring home and use in honest home cooking. Whilst I now no longer live in the countryside, nor Australia, I still hold these values close to me, and get excited when I discover a new wild ingredient I can utilize in recipes.
The Elderflower Tree is in full bloom now and I recently discovered they grow in abundance all around the UK. The tiny buds have a slightly musky scented taste, slightly reminiscent of lychee fruits, and can be used to flavour a number of drinks and cakes.
After spending an afternoon picking the sweet smelling flowers, I went and found a recipe online to make up my own elderflower cordial syrup. You can find the recipe I used at The Graphic Foodie. This recipe was perfect for me because I didn’t have any citric acid on hand, and it was very easy and concise to follow. I now have enough to enjoy for the summer in drinks, cocktails, and recipes. Here is just one cocktail recipe I whipped up to make the most of the wonderful Elderflower Cordial.
Elderflower, Lemon & BlackBerry Cocktails
A sweet, fruity, and floral gin based summer cocktail made with homemade Elderflower cordial and fresh blackberries.
- Prep Time15 min
- Serving Size1 Standard Drink
- 45mls of Gin
- 6 Fresh Blackberries
- Juice of ½ Fresh Lemon
- 30mls of Elderflower Cordial
- Soda Water
- Fresh Blackberries
- Elderflower Stems
- Fresh or dehydrated lemon slices
- Heart shaped bamboo cocktail sticks
Muddle the blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and ice. Shake until icy cold and well mixed. Strain into a stemless wine glass over fresh ice, then top with soda water.
Add fresh or dehydrated whole lemon slices into your drink. Skewer whole fresh blackberries on heart shaped cocktail sticks, then loop the fresh elderflowers on the heart section and skewer into the blackberry to hold in place.