If it seems elderflower is everywhere, blame the bride! Based on the wedding cake choice of Meghan Markle and her betrothed, Prince Harry, the delicious combination of lemon and elderflower is cropping up all over.
We’ve been fans of elderflower syrup at The Food Channel for years and decided it was time to experiment with a little syrup-making of our own. We also tried it with something different—grapefruit juice—for a memorable Pink Grapefruit & Elderflower Iced Tea.
But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. While you can certainly buy the elderflower syrup, it’s also fun to make it from scratch and have it on hand for any number of recipes. You just need some good-sized mason jars, cheesecloth, sugar, water, lemons, and dried elderflowers. Oh, and a little patience—it takes a couple of days to infuse the flavor.
Here are the step-by-step directions:
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- 5-2/3 cups organic sugar
- 6-1/4 cups water
- 4 lemons
- 2 cups of dried elderflowers
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, to make a simple syrup.
Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature before proceeding.
Finely grate the rinds of lemons and add the grated lemon peel to the syrup. Remove the ends of the lemons and thickly slice each lemon. Divide the lemon slices equally between mason jars.
Add Norm’s Farms dried elderflowers to jars.
Pour the syrup evenly over the lemon and dried elderflowers.
Cover and refrigerate for two days to infuse flavors.
Pour syrup through a fine sieve to remove flowers and lemon slices. Seal and store in the refrigerator.
Finish With Something Great
Once you’ve followed all the steps, you can enjoy all the various recipes you’ll find that use elderflower syrup—teas, cocktails, and cakes, just for starters!
Elderflower is one of the most interesting flavors right now, and you might as well enjoy all it has to offer—including a taste of the royal wedding!
Disclaimer: The parent company of The Food Channel has a client relationship with Norm’s Farms and this recipe for the elderflower syrup is provided by them.