I got a bunch of Elderflower from @whistledownfarms and am officially obsessed! I will be making elderflower syrup, liqueur, tincture, and infuse the flowers in honey and vinegar to use in some autumn oxymels in a few months. Here is a simple recipe to make an Elderflower Syrup:
What you need:
-1 or 2 cups elderflowers
-1 lemon, sliced
-2 cups sugar
-2 cups filtered water
-1/4 teaspoon citric acid or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1.) Pick off the flowers, getting as close to the base of the florets as possible - the green stems are mildly toxic, and white a few won’t hurt you, you want to get rid of as much as possible.
2.) Put the flowers and sliced lemon in a mason jar.
3.) In a pot, heat the sugar and water together until well dissolved. Stir in your citric acid and/or lemon juice.
4.) Pour the syrup over the flowers and lemon slices in your mason jar, cover and refrigerate for a few days (until the flowers turn brown and the syrups turns a pale yellow.
5.) Strain the syrup and discard leftover flowers. Syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month.