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09Jul 12

Elderflower Punch

Elderflower PunchI’d like to introduce you to a summer drink that I make up for friends and I whenever budget and opportunity allow. We used to make elderflower punch and elderflower cordial every year as a family before I came away to university. I used to love helping to pluck the flower heads from the tree in our front garden even when I was small; and I always got a little taste of it, just to feel I’d taken part in the whole process, even though it’s an alcoholic beverage.

In the last couple of years before flying the nest, I’d take a more active role in consuming this wonderfully refreshing blend of elderflower and apple; along with my parents, for whom making and enjoying elderflower punch is a long-standing tradition.

There was also a guy I remember who lived down the lane that had strawberry fields.  He used to come and share our crop to make his own elderflower and strawberry champagne – another yummy summer tipple. I hope that when I finally settle down, I’ll find a place with an elderflower tree in the garden and keep my family’s tradition alive.

This version uses elderflower cordial, because that’s what most of us have easy access to. The ratios here kick quite a brandy punch, so do reduce the amount if you want to, and top up with extra apple juice.   If you’re inspired to create more fruity cocktails, try this classic pina colada.

Elderflower Punch
Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 6-8
Elderflowers, apples, cider and lemonade, poured over ice to refresh you in the hot summer months...
  • 100ml cider brandy
  • 200ml good apple juice
  • 800ml still lemonade
  • 50ml elderflower cordial – you can play with this to get the strength you like
  • A tray of ice cubes
  • A slice of lemon and a sprig of mint to garnish
  1. Ease the ice cubes out of their tray and place them gently into a large serving jug.
  2. Pour the brandy, apple juice and elderflower cordial over the ice and top up with the lemonade.
  3. Stir everything together and garnish with the lemon and mint.
  4. Serve immediately or leave to chill in the fridge for later.



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  1. These flowers are so beautiful!

  2. I know! I almost feel bad eating them!

  3. Is there any nutritious value to these flowers?


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