Elderflowers, if only the smell could last for a lifetime, it would already be great! And I did not even mention their looks. Such a beautiful flower, it almost feels like a shame to pick it from the tree. But hey, without elderflowers no elderflower syrup…
So there I want on my bike with a bad and a pair of scissors… heading to one of my favourite spots in the word, the dunes of The Hague. It is always a good idea to go there and now even better as I was on a mission to find elderflower.
I did not take a lot of time to find the first branch… and the smell, yes, what a great idea to make this syrup! Some nettle stings and red ant stings later, I had collected the 20 elderflower umbels. I felt a bit like a little girl that is doing something forbidden… but then I thought, taking something form nature to turn it into something even better is not a crime.
So now we wait for at least 48 hours to taste the syrup. Are you as curious as me? If so, hurry, the elderflower blossom will not last forever!
syrup from elderflower, lemon and honey
- 20 elderflower umbels
- 200 gr honey
- 5 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 lemon - peel
- 1 litre water
boil 1 litre of water and add the honey. When the honey is resolved take it form the heat and add the lemon juice
put the elderflower umbels and lemon peel in a pan and poor the honey lemon water on top. Stir carefully, lid on and let it cool down
wait for a minimum of 48 hours, stir occasionally
poor the syrup though a cheese cloth and use a funnel to put it in a sterilised glass bottle. Keep in the fridge. Serve with sparking water