12 Elderflower heads
900ml boiling water
600grams of sugar
2 unwaxed lemons
Glass bottles or jars
Step 1: Choose a sunny day to gather your elderflowers. Choose elderflowers that are just opening these have the whitest flowers.
Step 2: Cut off the stems with scissors and remove any insects.
Step 3: Grate your lemon skins. Mix the grated rind with 900ml of water and 600 grams of sugar. Bring it to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved, then remove the pan from the hob.
Step 4: Cut your lemons into thin slices and add them to your pan, along with the elderflowers. Mix all the pan contents together, making sure all the elderflowers are pushed down into the water. Cover your pan with a clean towel and leave it somewhere out of direct sunlight for 24 hours.
Step 5: Take a large sieve and put a piece of cloth in it - an old tea towel is fine. Pour the contents of the pan into the cloth and strain it into a bowl.
Step 6: Take a funnel and pour the liquid into clean bottles or jars. Label.
Step 7: Pour some cordial into a glass, dilute with water and add some ice and lemon. Enjoy!