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Posted: Sunday 2 July, 2006

by Rosemary at 9:39pm in Recipes 7 comments Comments closed

Dan made elderflower cordial last week. It was abit of an impulse thing and when it was ready, we discovered we had no bottles. So we used 4 pint milk cartons, instead, which worked well. We're getting through it quite quickly so he's going to make more this week, while the flowers are available. The cordial can be frozen, so we'll do that. It's a lot cheaper the the Dule of Cornwall's!

The most difficult part was getting citric acid. Dan tried Boots. The assistant asked him what he wanted it for. He explained. She explained to him that heroin users cut the drug with citric acid so Boots don't sell it anymore. "Try the Co-op", she said. The Co-op didn't sell it either, but the third pharmacy did. That's the one where the methodone is dished out so maybe they're more used to disreputable looking characters than the other two - and Dan did look a bit disreputable. Anyway, he ordered a kilo off the internet today, which should see us through the cordial season.


ian roddy

Tuesday 4 July, 2006 at 4:49pm

for your elderflower cordial have you tried lemon juice instead of citric acid. i can't remember the exact quantity.


Tuesday 4 July, 2006 at 6:41pm

Hi Ian. The recipe I followed had both citric acid and lemon juice in it - less citric acid than the other recipes I looked at, and I'd guess that the lemon juice was the reason for that.


Thursday 6 July, 2006 at 8:02am

Can you let me know where you bought your citric acid in bulk? I haven't been able to find any!

Many thanks


Thursday 6 July, 2006 at 8:55am

Hi Kim. I bought a kilo off of EBay for about £8 delivered, from this seller: http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZvauxpugQQhtZ-1


Sunday 16 July, 2006 at 2:53pm

Do you have a recipe for the cordial? I've made elderberry wine and jelly, but never anything with the flowers.

--Penelope in Idaho, USA


Sunday 23 July, 2006 at 9:25pm

I used this recipe on the BBC's website:


I omitted the oranges (we didn't have any handy) but it was delicious anyway.


Monday 24 July, 2006 at 3:41pm

We had the same problem when my beloved, a respectable chap in his 60's, wanted to de-scale a kettle. Only one place stocked it, behind a special counter, with the assistant staring at you suspiciously.

For the small amount of citric acid in wine-making recipes I substitute the juice of one large lemon or two limes.

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