Cold Elder Flower Cordial

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of the summer- before this heat and humidity, I made some elder flower syrup. The recipe is in my book, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook and it’s simple to make. Fresh picked elderberry flowers are steeped in lemons, lemon juice, sugar and water for a few days then strained through muslin and poured into mason jars. The frozen syrup has been sitting in my freezer waiting for a special occasion. The first special occasion is today. I am celebrating the heat wave. The second special occasion will be the party to toast the engagement of my son Matt and his girlfriend Jessie.

To make a refreshing summer drink for a happy day add equal parts elderberry flower syrup, brut champagne and sparkling water. Serve over ice.