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Fleecewife

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does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« on: July 01, 2018, 04:01:50 pm »
The recipes I've found for elderflower cordial use about 1kg granulated sugar per litre of water.  Does anyone have a recipe for a lower sugar version, or would it work just to use a smaller proportion on sugar?
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Lingon

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 04:10:07 pm »
No, but then you have to freeze it (the sugar is a preservative). Take whatever recipe you have, and add the amount of sugar you want.

Fleecewife

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 06:07:50 pm »
After a bit of thought  :thinking:  I am going to try using no sugar, freezing the result in 500ml plastic water bottles, then using them on the day of opening, diluted with maybe half and half water, depending on how strong it is.  I could also ditch the citric acid too.  Then I thought if that was successful I can try other flavours such as bramble.  Because I only drink water, it can become very monotonous especially in hot weather with no added flavours, but I don't want sugar.  I might also investigate Twinings new cold water tea bags
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landroverroy

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 06:51:54 pm »
You might need a small amount of sugar to bring the flavour out.
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Lingon

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 07:18:55 pm »
Or freeze them in ice cubs, then you can just let some of them melt directly inot the water. I mostly drink water myself and something I like is thinly sliced cucumbers in my water, it give it a fresh taste.

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2018, 08:30:08 am »
I use this recipe, 400g sugar per litre - https://elderflower.co.uk/elderflower-cordial/

Gives a bit of sweetness without being cloying. We freeze in milk cartons.

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Re: does elderflower cordial have to have so much sugar in?
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 11:47:50 pm »
You might need a small amount of sugar to bring the flavour out.

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