On the way back we picked the Elderflowers which were blooming, leaving lots left for the birds that eat the berries, to make Elderflower Champagne and cordial to celebrate Solstice.
I used this recipe for the Champagne good old Hugh you can't go wrong, its now sitting in the kitchen making it smell wonderfully of warm Summer days, the cordial mixture though I made up from recipes my Gran used for Raspberry & Strawberry cordials.
Easy Elderflower Cordial
12 Large Elderflower heads that are in bloom, they look yellow & dusty.
1 pint of water
1 1b of soft brown fine sugar
4 Lemons, zested, juiced & sliced up
Clean & sterile glass popper bottles
Double up for more cordial.
It should look like this, and smells divine. Leave mixture in a cool dark place, covered up so no beasties get in for at least 24 hours. Then sieve mixture through a muslin cloth, into the glass bottles.
The cordial should last a couple months, but I doubt you'll let it.
Add to sparkling water for an amazing summer drink.
Joyful Solstice, Blessed be.