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Elderberry Cordial Stage 4 Finished Cordial ready for Drinking

Bottles are sterilized with boiling water ready for the finished Cordial to be bottled. The Fluid is put into a funnel which has fine strainer in it so as to get as clear a liquid as possible. Then we are done. Only have to wait a couple of weeks for flavour to mature. Now to drink and Enjoy!!!!!

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Comment by Lissa on August 27, 2016 at 6:36

Cathie - it's all good, I have it in my calendar for today Saturday :)

I have an appointment this morning but have every hope of coming out to see the gardens this arvo.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on August 26, 2016 at 7:24
Lissa, would love some cuttings - thank you. BTW the GV is Saturday with the Bogi fair on Sunday. I don't know if that changes anything for you. Busy weekend.
Looking forward to the taste test at Dianne's!
Comment by Lissa on August 25, 2016 at 6:27

Cathie - Elderflower grows well from cutting also. Would you like me to bring some along to your open garden on Sunday?

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 24, 2016 at 18:40

You are in Luck we will have some for tasting at our GV. Yes the tree is easy to grow but you need to be aware it will sucker, but if you keep on top of it they are easily removed. We have only just removed all of our suckers but I am sure others may have some if you are interested in growing one. The flowers are lovely you can also make a jelly from them, if I get a lot more flowers before I go to hospital on the 7th, I will make some.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on August 24, 2016 at 18:26
This looks great and I think I need to try this. Are the elder flowers easy to grow?
Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 24, 2016 at 7:48

We had a taste test yesterday. We had it over ice and filled the glass with cold water. We may be bias but it was wonderful, not too sweet. Of course you can adjust the degree of sweetness, depending on how much of the cordial you put in. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 22, 2016 at 21:50

Looks pretty darn good. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 22, 2016 at 21:14

There are a couple of things you can do to the Cordial Recipe to make it last longer,

Freeze it - it will not completely freeze (due to the Sugar content) and scoops out well, you can then add Sparkling Water, Champagne, Wine, of your choice of Spirit.

You can top it up with Gin or Vodka - remember not to give those ones to the kids.

You can Hot Water Bath it in the Vacola as you would Tomato Sauce or the like.

Or simply Drink it within 3 Months and when you open a bottle put the remaining contents into the fridge. You don't have to just drink it, put it on Ice Cream, Make Sorbet, Pour over Fruit Salad or Berries.

Comment by Phil on August 22, 2016 at 20:24

Makes me thirsty just reading this. Your series of photos would be good in a blog Dianne.

Comment by Susan on August 22, 2016 at 20:20

Do you keep them in the fridge or on the shelf?  How long do they stay good for?

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