Guide: Sarah Bentley   Film and Images: Demi Taylor

Like the summer, elderflower has been a late bloomer this year but those heady, sun drenched, creamy blossoms lining the hedgerows and bridal paths can be transformed into a sublime nectar. Elderflower cordial is great with sparkling water, even better with a slosh of gin in there too for an incredible sundowner drink and ideal BBQ accompaniment. Approaching Lines friend Sarah Bentley talks us though it.

You will need:

15 elderflower heads (blossoms removed with a fork)

1 and a half unwaxed lemons

650ml water

1kg granulated sugar

40g citric acid

Sterilised bottles

About 40 minutes and an overnight wait

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How to make / do:

1. Tease the elderflower blossoms in a bowl using a fork and add the zest and juice of the lemons.

2. Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan, stir until dissolved and leave to cool for 10 mins.

3. Add the syrup to the elderflowers and lemon and stir in the citric acid.

4. Leave to stand to 24 hours.

5. Stir, then strain through a sieve lined with sterilized muslin into sterilized bottles.

6. Enjoy!

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