Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

Happy Midsummer! It’s certainly been feeling like it here this week, with our usual grey and cloudy weather making way for a heatwave and clear blue skies every day. We’ve had a  bit of a different sort of week as my eldest was sent home from nursery with chicken pox on Tuesday. By the end of Wednesday I was wondering what all the fuss was about chicken pox really, he was absolutely full of beans and the spots had almost completely faded! So I took him back to nursery on Thursday… it wasn’t chicken pox at all.. it was heat rash! It actually turned out to be a complete blessing in disguise as having Frey home meant that I got to spend Midsummer’s Day with both my babies. We took a trip to the lavender farm, had lavender tea (for me) and chocolate brownies (for Frey) and had a walk around the lavender fields, then came home and set up the paddling pool under a tree in the garden. If only I could magically make the bedrooms cool at night I could definitely live with weather like that more often, I love the heat and the sunshine!

Elderflower and Strawberry Lollies

One of the summer time treats we have been enjoying this week is making our own ice lollies. (Ice lorries in Frey speak!) I had some elderflower cordial in the fridge that we made a few weeks ago, and thought it would make a lovely ice lolly.

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

I made up the cordial using one part cordial to three parts spring water (I guessed, I just used the same ratio as when making pimms.. ooh wouldn’t pimms ice lollies be nice?!) and then added some chopped strawberries to the ice lolly moulds, popped them into the freezer for a few hours and voila!

Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

What a wonderful summery treat. I loved making the elderflower cordial too, it’s the first year I’ve ever done it – I don’t think I even realised that I had an elder tree in the garden before. I’m planning on drying the remaining flowers I’ve harvested to use in herbal remedies, and I’m looking forward to using some of the berries in the autumn too.

Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

Elderflower and Strawberry Ice Lollies

Ingredients

  • Around 30 heads of elderflowers
  • 3 pints of boiling water
  • 900g caster sugar
  • 50g citric acid
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • A few handfuls of strawberries

Instructions

  1. To make your elderflower cordial:
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the water in a very large bowl (and I mean very large, if you have a jam pan then that would be ideal!)
  3. Slice the oranges and lemons, and rinse the flowers.
  4. Add the citric acid, oranges, lemons and flowers to the bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl loosely with a cloth and leave for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Strain the cordial through a muslin cloth into a clean bottle.
  7. To make the lollies:
  8. Mix up one part cordial to three parts water.
  9. Add a few finely sliced strawberries to your ice lolly moulds, then pour the liquid over the top and place in the freezer for a few hours.
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Elderflower and Strawberry Lollies

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Carla S | 22nd Jun 17

    They look so pretty. I love anything elder flower but I have never tried to make elderflower cordial myself.
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  2. Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes | 22nd Jun 17

    They look beautiful and I love Frey’s name for them, “ice lorries” is so cute!
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  3. Jenny | 23rd Jun 17

    I love making Elderflower cordial, these sound great!
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  4. Sarah | 24th Jun 17

    I love elderflower! These sound amazing! And your photography is so pretty too!
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  5. OhMySkin | 24th Jun 17

    I am DEFINITELY going to try this soon. I wish I had an elder tree in my garden, in fact I dont think I could even identify one if i tried!!

  6. Cassandra Mayers | 25th Jun 17

    what a lovely idea for ice lollies, i really love ice lollies in the summer )

  7. Laura | 26th Jun 17

    Oh my these ice lollies sound divine, I love elderflower and these are so perfect for a summers day

    Laura x

  8. chichi | 7th Jul 17

    omg the colours are divine, i really need this right now!!! will try the recipe over the weekend!

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