ELDERFLOWER PRESSé DRINK OF THE DAY!
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 18th June 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
ELDERFLOWER PRESSÉ DRINK OF THE DAY!
Elderflower pressé is a sweetened, carbonated soft drink. It is made from elderflowers, the flowers of the European elderberry, Sambucus nigra, which are also used to make elderflower cordial, or a synthetic equivalent. Other ingredients will include lemons and sweetener.
Elderflower pressé is therefore similar to citron pressé and lemonade, and effectively a premixed form of elderflower cordial. Like them, it is used as a mixer in cocktails.
Also another beautiful Elderflower Drink…
Elderflower cordial can be made relatively easily at home, though it is also produced and sold commercially. The flowerheads are best collected fresh and new when the tiny buds have just opened and come to bloom before the fragrance is tainted with bitterness. The cordial is made by steeping the elderflower heads in a concentrated sugar solution so the flavour is infused into the syrup. A source of citric acid and lemon juice is added to help preserve the cordial and add tartness. The mixture is then covered and left to infuse before being strained to release as much juice as possible. For drinking the cordial is typically diluted with either water or sparkling water though tonic, soda or gin are also used.
ABOUT THE ELDERFLOWER
In the northern hemisphere, elderflowers are in season from the end of May to the beginning of June or later (this year 2021 the Elderflower were later and not really out until early June) and grow in most of Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. They grow in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, though they primarily prefer sunny locations. The elder’s hermaphrodite flowers are borne in large corymbs, 10–25 cm in diameter, where the individual flowers are white with five petals, 5–6 mm in diameter, and pollinated by flies. The cream-coloured flowerheads are honey scented blossoms that are crisp and somewhat juicy, with a highly aromatic smell and flavour. The leaves are bitter smelling.
Elderflower collections open 1st June
The season is a little late due to the unusual weather conditions we’ve had recently, but we’re pleased to say we’re opening our drop off locations from 1st June. Find out more about where, what and how to pick and drop off below.
BELVOIR FARM THE BIGGEST SUPPLIER OF ELDERFLOWER PRESSE
GET INVOLVED IN THE HARVEST
Belvoir Farm was the first company to produce elderflower cordial commercially and it is still made from the original recipe, invented 40 years ago by Mary Manners. Belvoir is now the UK’s No. 1 brand and they produce 20,000 bottles an hour and approx 30 million bottles each year, that are sold across the UK and all over the world.
BELVOIR FARM’S STORY – AS TOLD BY THEM:
Belvoir Farm lies deep in the Leicestershire countryside, tucked away among the wild hedgerows and unruly shrubs of the Vale of Belvoir. Our amazing team of foodies and thinkers, tasters and sales folk, pickers and packers are here – working together, with nature, to craft our range of premium soft drinks.
Our first bottle of Belvoir elderflower cordial was made in the Vale too – almost 40 years ago, in the farmhouse kitchen of our owner, Peverel Manners.
Wild elderflower spilled into Pev’s family garden and, together, they transformed it into cordial. Selling it to local farm shops was a simple business idea that took root and grew – and we use that original elderflower cordial recipe to this day.
Our premium range of soft drinks has now flourished, including cordials – to dilute – and lightly sparkling, which are ready to drink. Each crafted by taking simple ingredients – natural fruits, hand-picked flowers, fresh juices and spices – with all the subtle and sublime flavours of nature.
Premium soft drinks, Crafted with Nature; that’s what Belvoir Farm is all about. Refreshingly real and reassuringly delicious, there’s artistry in our still cordials and lightly sparkling soft drinks. Each are made using simple ingredients, carefully selected – including our own organic elderflower – with natural fruits, hand-picked flowers, fresh juices and spices. We’re true to nature and let the ingredients do the talking.
We choose natural, over artificial, every time. There are no artificial preservatives, flavourings, colourings or sweeteners in our premium soft drinks. That’s our promise. Ours is a light touch, using traditional methods and working with nature’s flavours to craft proper, premium soft drinks that taste delicious.
The Belvoir team, and our loyal local pickers, know when it’s the perfect time to harvest the large – headed flowers, warmed by the sun and heavy with dusky yellow pollen. Our local community are truly special, and without them coming to handpick the flowers that go into each bottle every year, we wouldn’t be able to create our delicious elderflower cordial.
Observing the Countryside Code, they hit the hedgerows and our own organic plantation with gusto. Year in, year out, they do us proud.
Within 24 hours of harvesting, the flower heads are poured into a vat and hand-stirred gently – and so begins our decades old tradition of making Belvoir’s much-loved elderflower cordial, from Mary Manner’s original recipe. As a soft drink, a recipe ingredient or a delicious splash to cocktails and mocktails, it stands the test of time!
Belvoir Farm’s manager, Keith, can breathe a sigh of relief at having pulled off another successful harvest
Elders burst into life at the end of May and flower through to the middle of June. The secret to making a well-flavoured cordial is to pick flowers on a sunny day before it gets too hot, then use as soon as possible. Choose the freshest-looking heads, frothy with creamy-white flowers.
HOW TO MAKE ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL
2 ½kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
2 unwaxed lemons
20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
85g citric acid (from chemists)
Put the sugar and 1.5 litres/2¾ pints water into the largest saucepan you have. Gently heat, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved. Give it a stir every now and again. Pare the zest from the lemons using a potato peeler, then slice the lemons into rounds.
Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil, then turn off the heat. Fill a washing up bowl with cold water. Give the flowers a gentle swish around to loosen any dirt or bugs. Lift flowers out, gently shake and transfer to the syrup along with the lemons, zest and citric acid, then stir well. Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hrs.
Line a colander with a clean tea towel, then sit it over a large bowl or pan. Ladle in the syrup – let it drip slowly through. Discard the bits left in the towel. Use a funnel and a ladle to fill sterilised bottles (run glass bottles through the dishwasher, or wash well with soapy water. Rinse, then leave to dry in a low oven). The cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Or freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.
USE YOUR CORDIAL TO…
Drizzle over fruit salad; whip into a gooseberry fool; set into jellies and serve with berries; splash over the sponge in a trifle; drizzle over lemon sorbet.
GOES WELL WITH
Elderflower & raspberry spritzer.
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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough. Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Happiness is…relaxing with an Elderflower Presse
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What’s the one thing snipers can’t tell their wives?
I missed you this morning.
Love is…blessing the day I found you.
A time for a beer…A time for a wine…A time for an Elder Flower Presse.
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1942 Paul McCartney born, The Beatles Wings, solo. The most successful rock composer of all time.
1948 Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
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1928 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales.
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1980 Indian “human computer” Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds; She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 !
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