These simple elderflower cordial popsicles combine the health benefits of elderflower and unpasteurized honey. They are a simple, healthy snack that both adults and kids will love. Make a double batch of elderflower cordial and use it to flavour soda water, make into a syrup for pancakes or add to mixed drinks.
1organic lemonzested (then 1/2 juiced, and half thinly sliced)
For The Popsicles
For The Cordial
To prepare the elderflowers, rinse them in water and let them sit out to dry for 10 to 15 minutes to let any little bugs escape.
Add the water and honey to a small saucepan, and heat until the honey is well incorporated. Don’t let it boil otherwise all the goodness from the honey will be killed off. I like to use a whisk to make sure it is well mixed.
Remove from heat and once the honey and water mixture has cooled slightly, add the lemon zest, lemon slices from 1/2 the lemon, the juice from the remaining 1/2 lemon, and the elderflowers and stir to combine.
Put a lid on the mixture and let sit out of the fridge for 12-24 hours; the longer you leave it the more intense the flavour.
Once the mixture has infused, strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer and collect the liquid in a bowl. Now you have a cordial that can be used just like any other cordial.
The remaining lemon slices and flowers can be saved to make into a tea later. I leave mine in a mason jar in the fridge and add it to a tea within the following week.
For The Popsicles
To make the popsicles, slice ½ a lemon into 6 thin slices, save the other half for the next batch of popsicles. Evenly distribute the lemon slices and 6 mint leaves into the 6 popsicle moulds.
Mix ½ of the cordial mixture (about 1/2 cup) and 2 cups of water into a bowl. Carefully add this mixture to the popsicle molds being sure to leave at least ¼” on the top of the molds for the stick handle to fit in. Let freeze for at least 4 hours.
To remove the popsicles from the molds, run under warm water for about 5 seconds and they should easily slide out. Use the remaining cordial, ½ lemon sliced and mint leaves to make 6 more popsicles.
You may think it is odd to add fresh lemon and mint slices to a popsicle, but I find that when it comes to eating them the mint crisps up nicely and the lemon slices offer a welcomed tangy bite.
Not elderflower season? Try this with any other edible flower:
Violets taste delicious, try combining these with thyme,
Roses are a beautiful spring and summer flower, try combining these with rosemary.
Make it Vegan: Try maple syrup in place of honey, or use cane sugar. Don't Have Popsicle molds? Use a silicone ice cube tray, with or without a wooden stick for a handle.