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These ingredients make around 1 pint of cordial

2lbs caster sugar
1 pint boiling water
1 lemon, zested then sliced
1 1/4 oz of citric acid.
25 elderberry heads.
  1. Wash and drain the elderberry heads before removing the berries and putting in a sauce pan.
  2. Add the sugar and boiling water and put over a medium heat. Stir continuously until all the sugar has dissolved in the simmering water then add the citric acid and lemon zest and slices..
  3. Combine well and simmer for a further five minutes before covering with a tea towel.  Put the saucepan in a cool place and leave overnight to let the flavours infuse.
  4. After it has rested strain through a piece of muslim, or clean old tights.  Store in a dark place.  The cordial can be used immediately and keeps for at least three months.

You can also make a tincture by filling half a bottle of vodka with elderberries until they are just covered and leaving it in a warm place for about three months.  At the first sign of a cough or cold take one  teaspoon diluted in water or apple juice four or five times daily over the next 2/3 days.  This can help to prevent them taking hold if you take it early enough or if they do, it will cut their duration significantly.

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

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