Elderflower Water

by Scott Williams

I’ve seen elderflower used as a salad garnish, in a sauce, in a cordial, or in booze (a lot of people would have seen this one). But the recipe I’m sharing is much simpler and is a classic way for Catalans to enjoy elderflower when in season, summer. When you pick your elderflower, make sure all the flowers are open as the flavour really lies in the pollen. Also try not to pick them after rain as the pollen (along with the flavour) will have washed away. Be careful of stinging nettles when picking, they are good mates with elder trees.

You'll need

  • 2 large handfuls of fresh elderflower, picked off stems
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2L water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Ice to serve

Here's how

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large jug and give it all a good stir.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
  3. When you’re ready, strain your drink through a fine sieve preferably lined with muslin cloth but a clean Chux cloth or coffee filter will work just as well.
  4. Drink over ice. Feel free to add a little booze (gin is best) if you’re making it for the big kids.

About the Author

Scott Williams

Scott is a Melbourne-born and now Sydney-based chef at acclaimed Spanish restaurant MoVida Sydney, where he's currently sous chef. When he's not perfecting tapas behind the pass, he's turning shoulders of lamb on a spit in the backyard, or cooking six different Indian curries for a feast with a... Read Full Bio

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