Flower power cordial

summer cordial with flowers

Summer offers many beautiful flowers and leaves, which are also delicious to use in various desserts, jams or juices. Summer cordials with leaves and flowers taste sour, bitter, sweet and perfumed and are yummy as an aperitif with vodka or gin. Try to make this summer cordial with the most beautiful elderflowers, rose petals and lavender flowers that are in the garden right now. Serve the cordial naturally or in a glass with cold prosecco or white wine, with a small summer strawberries on top.

Summer cordial with flowers
10 elderflower heads
3 handful rose petals
15 lavender flowers
3 limes sliced and also the peel grated
1 grapefruit in slices
1 handful of peppermint leaves
1 handful of lemon balm leaves
40 g citric acid
1 kg cane sugar
1½ l of boiling water

Clean the elderflowers for insects, cut the flowers of the stems, and put them in a large bowl. Check the rose petals and lavender flowers for insects and put them in the bowl.  Rinse limes and grate the peel into the bowl and cut them in slices. Rinse the grapefruit and cut it into slices and add them too. Wash lemon balm and pepper mint and add them to the bowl and sprinkle with citric acid and cane sugar. Now pour the boiling water and stir. Put a lid or a cloth over the bowl in a cool room / fridge for 3-5 days. Stir daily in the bowl. Pour the juice through a clean cloth and pour it in suitable bottles.
Pour the cordial in sterilized glass bottles or freeze it in plastic bottles.  Remember to not completely fill the plastic bottles before they are put in the freezer. The cordial can be stored in the refrigerator for approx. 14 days.

 

Delicious Sicilian strawberry jam with pistachios

Sicilian strawberry jam

In spring and early summer every Sicilian market abounds with fresh strawberries and Bronte pistachio nuts and of course oranges. We love these ingredients – and have therefore combined them in this delicious jam. In this way we could also take some of beautiful Sicily with us home. The jam tastes great on toast or a good freshly baked muesli bun.

Strawberry jam with pistachios
2 handfuls of strawberries
2 oranges
2 espresso cups of sugar
Juice from half a lemon
4 tsp. of chopped neutral pistachio nuts

Rinse the strawberries, remove the green stalk and cut them into smaller pieces and place them in a saucepan. Peel the oranges and chop the fruit meat into smaller pieces and place them in the pan. Pour the lemon juice over and let the ingredients boil for about 10-12 minutes until the jam has the desired consistency. Just before the jam is done stir the pistachios in – and let them boil for a minute.

Buon appetito

Put a straw in this one!

Elderflower cordial with strawberries
We never get tired of the classic elderflower cordial – but how about adding an extra taste of fresh strawberries to the cordial, that tastes divine. Elderflowers and strawberries is a classic summer combination, and the strawberries give the cordial an extra freshness and sweetness as well as an incredibly beautiful color. Classics are good, but it’s also fun to try new variants – so go ahead with this delicious recipe:

Elderflower cordial with strawberries
40 elderflower heads
3 organic lemons
300 gram of strawberries
Some fresh lemon balm leaves
40 gram of citric acid
1 kg organic cane sugar
1 ½ liters of boiling Water

Inspect the elderflower heads for insects, cut the flowers of the stems and place them in a large pan or bowl. Wash and slice the lemons and place them in the pot on top of the elderflower heads. Rinse the strawberries and remove the green stem. Cut the strawberries into smaller pieces and place in the bowl. Add some lemon balm leaves and pour the citric acid and sugar over. Finally pour the boiling water over the mix and stir. Cover with a cloth or lid and leave in a cool place for 2 days. Stir the bowl occasionally (once a day). Pour the liquid through a clean cloth and afterwards into suitable bottles.

We bottle some of the cordial in glass bottles and some we freeze in plastic bottles. Remember not to fill the plastic bottles completely before putting them in the freezer. You can keep the cordial in the refrigerator for about 14 days.

 

Sunny citrus cordial

citrus cordial

Citrus fruits have amazing tastes. Some are bitter, others are sweet and some are even sour. Citrus fruit make wonderful cordial and there are numerous combinations depending on whether it is for adults or children or for which purpose the cordial is to be used. We love it with gin so we make a citrus cordial especially for gin cocktails. Together with the gin, sparkling water and a few slices of your favorite citrus you have a winner. Here is a recipe where we have played with 6 different citrus variants, you can try it out or create your own special citrus cordial with your favorite citrus fruits.

Citrus Cordial
the juice of 1 lemon
the juice of 1 lime
1 organic lemon
2 organic limes
1 organic pomelo
2 organic grapefruits
1 organic orange
3 organic blood oranges
40 grams citric acid
1- 1, 5 kg of organic cane sugar
1 ½ liter of boiling water

Squeeze the juice out of 1 lemon and 1 lime and pour it into a large soup pan or bowl. Then wash 1 lemon and 2 limes and cut them into thin slices and add them to the juice. Take the grapefruit, pomelo and oranges and wash them and peel the skin off (otherwise the cordial becomes too bitter) and cut them into slices and add them also to the mix. Sprinkle citric acid over. Now pour the boiling water into a bowl with the sugar and stir until it is dissolved – pour the mixture over the fruit pieces. Put a cloth over and store it in a cool room / fridge for 3-5 days. Stir the cordial daily. Pour the juice through a clean cloth and on to suitable bottles. We pour ours on glass bottles and also freeze the juice in plastic bottles. You can keep it in the refrigerator for about 14 days.