Friday, June 27, 2014

Elderflower Lemonade

A couple of weeks ago we went to Downe, and after visiting Darwin's house (Downe House)

we went rambling in the nearby fields

 and picked elderflower blossoms. (There are plenty of elderflower bushes in our area, but picking blossoms from bushes that are close to roads is not a good idea as traffic fumes pollute the air and the plants) 
 Our pickings:

I made cordial and elderflower infused lemonade from the blossoms. This is the recipe for the lemonade.

I used about 10 blossoms and 3 litres of water.

1. Make lemonade the way you like it. I prefer to use honey or brown sugar
2. 3. Wash and slice a lemon and add it to the lemonade too. (optional)

3. Wash and clean blossoms (i.e. make sure that there are no creepy-crawlies or dried bits). Add it to the lemonade.

4. cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

The zest from the sliced lemons gives the drink a tangy taste. I discarded them after the first night, because I felt it might be a bit too tangy for the kids.

You need to strain the lemonade before serving. 

It is such a refreshing drink on a hot day!

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