Midsummer and a warm evening,
Wild roses, bird song,
The sweet scent of Elder,
Evening shadows ,
So much to delight the eye,
Restore the heart,
And if you gather some Elder . . .. .
Why not experiment with making some Cordial
Basic Elder Flower Cordial
1.5 kg granulated sugar
1.7 litres boiling water
20 heads of elderlower
50 grammes critic acid
1 unwaxed lemon ( or lime )sliced
Disolve the cugar in boiling water and leave to cool Once the sugar solution has cooled , put all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and leave for 24 hours at room temperature. Then strain and put in bottles.
It's best to collected the flowers in warm sunshine with plenty of pollen. It's their pollen that gives the flavour so make sure that you don't wash the flowers or you will lose the flavour.
I'm planning to make some today so I'll let you know how it tastes soon.