I say this because in Turkey it is virtually unknown. I would go even further to say that the whole concept of a cordial – something to which you add water – is not familiar. Here, you tend to have the pure fruit juice or not at all.
|the main ingredients for elderflower cordial|
Apparently the elder tree from whence the elderflowers spring is called mürver ağacı. I checked with TT about this and he was a bit dubious. Seems it’s not common. To be fair, I have to say that I couldn’t recognise an elder tree at twenty paces myself. Realistically I don’t think this is a recipe that I will ever make – it’s just that the ingredients are so attractive and I enjoyed watching the process. Also it is incredibly seasonal. If you want to make it, go and find your elderflowers now! They are so pretty, so floaty, so bridal.
|the cordial served with meze in şirince|
Dilute with sparkling water or regular still water, add ice if desired, a sprig of mint or maybe a slice of peach as in the picture, and enjoy a delightfully refreshing alternative to an alcoholic beverage or indeed just plain water.
PS Last year elderflower cordial was available at IKEA so I expect it is this year too – just in case you can’t find those elderflowers!