St. Steve's Elderflower Cordial
On occasion, I have been accused of being mischievous. I generally profess my innocence and tell my beloved that I am a saint. To this, she would scoff, “St. Steve, my foot.” It was this name we chose for our new elderflower cordial. Unfortunately, including the phrase “my foot” was too long to fit on the label so we compromised...
The elder is a scrubby bush or tree that was used primarily in hedgerows in Britain. It sports large white flowers in the late spring that have long been used as an elixir. In fact, Elderflower cordial has been around since Roman times, but its popularity soared in northern Europe during the Victorian era. The elder was also considered sacred in some cultures. Even some of today 's literature still refers to this mystic quality. Harry Potter's wand (and Voldemort's for that matter) were both said to be elders.
However, our favorite elder tale is much older, written by Han Christian Anderson in the late 1800's. "Hyldemor" (or "The Elder-Tree Mother") is a beautiful story/ fairytale about this wonderful beverage which not only has been used to fight colds and flu for ages but also as a perfect remedy to relax with after a stress-filled day. We love this story so much that our label features a scene from the story.
Although we cannot claim to have seen any ladies of the wood, we have grown fond of our elders. Our low land is perfect elder habitat and we have been making treats for our family for years with the showy flowers and dark purple berries. A tablespoon of our elder flower cordial in a cup of hot water has been a staple for cozy nights with a good book and mixed with sparkling water it was the featured beverage at our daughter's wedding last summer. There are far more uses than these of course, so come back and check out our recipe page as more people submit their favorites.
Here's a link to the Hyldemor story.
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