I’ve tried something new.
My garden has quite a few rosebay willowherbs, and I have read about people making cordial from the flowers. I found a recipe and decided to try for myself.
- 150 g flowers
- 1 sliced lemon
- 1 l water
- 7 dl sugar
First of all, 150 g flowers are a lot! About two litres, actually. I picked 50 g a couple of weeks ago, but I gave up because I’m a slow picker and the plants were not yet in full bloom. 50 g flowers in the freezer.
Today I got a little help from my friend, and with the handful of flowers mum gave me earlier this week, we reached 150 g!
The bluest are the frozen ones, the pinkest are fresh. A sliced lemon is at the bottom of the glass roaster.
Because of the next step, a roaster is essential. Boiling simple syrup is hot and you will need a suitable container for it.
Next step: making simple syrup.
1 l water, 7 dl sugar, heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. I let it boil for a couple of seconds before I took it off the heat and ladled it over the flowers and lemon.
This is what it looked like. The smell reminds me of sugared tea with lemon.
A couple of hours later, it had cooled enough to get a new home in the fridge. The colour is now this:
It’s supposed to stay in the fridge for five days before I filter out the flowers and the lemon.
This is my first try, and I’m looking forward to the result. Looks good so far.
I think I will use a couple of plastic bottles and freeze the cordial. Unless my brilliant brother comes up with a better plan of preservation 🙂
Will give a little update when I’ve tasted and hopefully bottled it.