Wednesday, June 20, 2018
At last. Long, warm sunny days. And I´m always behind on the weeding.
We dug out the solar lights and the cushions for the patio. V sanded and applied a few coats of teak oil to the table tops, and we planted some annuals in the planters. Now, that corner is ready for barbecues and summer visitors.
Finally got enough elderflowers together to try the River Cottage cordial recipe again. Last time, whilst lemony and refreshing, there was a nasty aftertaste to the concoction. Apparently, there are elder trees and better elder trees.
General directions are to add lemon and orange zest to the cleaned blooms. Shake them a lot, there were a ton of tiny, tiny black insects on them. Also, I read somewhere to take as much of the stem off as possible.
Pour boiling water over and let steep over night.
Strain the flowers into a pot, add sugar and the juice of the lemons and orange and bring to a simmer to dissolve. I didn´t have an orange on hand, so I just threw in a half a cup of orange juice. I also only used about 3/4 of the sugar in the recipe.
While a definite improvement on the first batch, no funky aftertaste this time, this isn´t quite as lemony and refreshing and is really too sweet for my taste, even mixed with sparkling water. But for someone who enjoys sweet drinks, it would probably make a picturesque, summery refreshment. I wonder if vodka would help.
Cheers from Galicia for a happy solstice and Viva San Xoan!