My list of favourite things about summer include...
British Strawberries being in season.
Being able to eat outside.
Putting the summer duvet on the bed.
Fresh fish, home-made chips and peas from the garden.
And... Elderflower Cordial.
Whilst growing up, I was constantly surrounded by countryside in some shape or form. We were never really city dwellers. So it wasn't uncommon to hear myself or my sister shriek from the back seat of the car, as we drove down a country lane... “Look Dad! Elderflower!”
Although we learned quite quickly, not to pick the stuff right next the road. You always needed to go a few metres further into the field, or down the overgrown lane a little more so you could find the blooms with slightly larger heads and fresher looking flowers which hadn't been stunted by passing exhaust fumes.
Whilst recently visiting my parents house, all these memories came flooding back to me. As I wandered in the back door of the kitchen, I was hit with the heady citrus-floral scent of 'brewing' Elderflower cordial sitting in a huge preserving pan on the counter. I instantly lifted the tea towel that covered it, and stuck my head right in close, breathing in the smell of summer. Yum!
My preferred method of drinking this summertime nectar is simply with water (still or sparkling), ice and a slice of lemon. Or for a little evening tipple, I like to add a dash to a glass of sparkling white wine, or prosecco with a raspberry or blackberry thrown in for good measure. I got that cheeky little idea from Bill's in Cardiff. Thanks!
Excuse me, while I go rummage for some ice. All this talk of Elderflower is making me thirsty!