One of the most refreshing drinks for the summer is Elderflower Lemonade. Free from artificial colours or flavourings, it’s quick and easy to make and a great excuse for a long walk collecting flowers.
The Elderflower season is short, late May to the latest, mid-July if you live in the the north or Scotland. The heavily scented flowers make a wonderful, refreshing drink which, when stored in sterilised bottles will keep for several weeks.
If you are out collecting Elderflowers, make sure you have permission to pick them and never pick flowers from trees on roadsides as they may be tainted with petrol fumes.
Roll on the sunshine!
10 nice fresh elderflower heads
1lt boiling water
What to do:
1. Put the elderflowers, sugar in a pan
2. Cut the lemons in half, squeeze in the juice and put the halves in too
3. Pour over the boiling water
4. Simmer for 2 minutes
5. Allow to cool then strain through a fine sieve and chill.