Magic potion: making your own elderflower syrup
Elderflower is a true superfood, and super good.
So don’t close your curtains when you go to bed tonight, get up at the first sunlight…Because we are going to catch some fresh elderflower!
- 1 liter water
- 750 grams (coconut blossom) sugar
- 1 lemon
- a handful of fresh mint leaves
On your expedition, bring a linen bag and scissors, and leave your shoes at home.
Elder trees can be found just about anywhere in the wild during the months of May and June.
You pick only the umbels (that’s the part where the stem branches into a “bunch” of flowers) and need about 25 of them for our syrup.
Do not pick more than you need, because the delicious taste comes from the pollen of the elder and bees love it.
Once back home, stash your loot on a clean tea towel. This way insects can quietly find another spot and you can pick off dry leaves or dirt from the blossoms.
Be sure not to rinse the blossoms, or all the tasty pollen will be lost.
Fill a large bowl with 1 liter of water and soak all your blossoms in it. The longer, the fuller the flavor! If you like, you can also add mint leaves or lemon slices.
Enough work for today, you have the rest of the day free to play. Inspiration? In our boek, of course!
After 24 hours, your infusion is ready to strain: you pour it all through a sieve and squeeze the blossoms well.
Then you pour your elder water with 750 grams of sugar (coconut blossom sugar is highly recommended!) into a pan bring it to a boil. Let it boil for a minute and squeeze half a lemon vigorously over it.
Carefully pour your syrup into a glass bottle and allow to cool.
Pour a splash of your syrup with water in your drink container, put some of it over ice cream or with a cup of tea and enjoy. En waarom we het toverdrank noemen? Elderflower helps with colds and hay fever, resolves a stuck cough and helps with minor wounds in the mouth.