Friday, July 31, 2015

Drinking Like the English. . . . . . . .

When home in England in June I fell head over heels for chilled, sparkling
 Elderflower drinks. They seemed to be easily available and perfect for 
the beautiful warm days we encountered during our days in Devon.
Not being a 'soda' drinker at all, I found a chilled bottle of this 
very slightly bubbly, floral and lemon drink perfect for my taste.

The Elder is an ancient hedgerow plant steeped in superstition and mystery.
All parts, bark, leaves, flowers, berries have been used for centuries for 
medicinal purposes, and folklore attributes many powers and properties 
to this plant. 
Now back in the US I've been looking for a similar drink for these 
hot days and found (at my local Fresh Market store) the Belvoir Fruit Farms 
version, imported from England, and ready to drink. 
I have yet to find the cordial over here - a concentrated version which would 
last longer and give one more options, such as adding to white wine for a 
refreshing spritzer. I have however added a dash of chilled sauvignon blanc to a 
glass of this elder flower lemonade and enjoyed it as an aperitif!

Go HERE for more detailed facts and folklore on the Elder plant - shared by 
Belvoir Fruit Farms.
We all love water, but what's your favorite flavored chilled drink for these hot Summer days?
I'm ready for a cool one right now!
Edited: August 2, 2015

Yesterday I found Belvoir Elderflower CORDIAL at my nearby World Market store! I was so pleased because this is the concentrated version - an infusion of freshly picked flowers plus lots of fresh lemon juice - which can be used mixed with still or sparkling mineral water, or mixed with white wine for a spritzer. I bought two bottles as the sell by date is Nov. 2016 - open one now and keep one tucked away for later. 
There are also some interesting recipes using the cordial in desserts, baked goods etc. on Belvoir Fruit Farms website. Elderflower and Lemon Drizzle Cake sounds really yummy.


  1. I am going to look for that. I've heard they also like Pimm's and Aperol drinks. Love to try those too.

  2. That sounds great! I am going to see if my local Fresh Market carries it!

  3. Oh... That does look refreshing! I too am going to look for the magical drink.

  4. Does the Elder tree grow where you live ? if so you could make your own Elder flower syrup to add to white wine.
    The French have it on the super marche shelves, it's called ' Syrop de Sureau '

  5. I'm not a soda drinker either. I drink a lot of water, but I flavor it with things like fresh lemon, berries, and/or mint. I also love unsweetened iced tea (with lemon) or iced herbal tea. Once in awhile, I like to indulge in an iced coffee.

  6. I like anything sparkling for a summer refresher. This looks delicious, Mary. Will look for some here.

  7. Hi Mary! Just read your post - Mmmm, elderflower cordial is lovely :o) I have no idea if it grows over there, but just in case here's a link to a really simple recipe Once again I've missed making some this year - but there's always next!
    Sending loads of love your way.
    Rose H

  8. It sounds delicious. Now I will be looking too. I recently bought a blackberry fennel syrup and trying to decide how to use it. Sparkling water just came home from the market, I think it would be quite good with this syrup.

  9. I'm going to try the elderberry cordial also....sounds like a wonderful summer drink! Thanks Mary😊. I am thoroughly enjoying the figs and the yummy fig preserves!!

    1. So glad you are enjoying the figs dear - it was lovely to see you.
      Yes, I think you'll enjoy the elderflower drinks - they are really refreshing on these hot days!
      Hugs - Mary

  10. I just love your pics. Exqusite. The elderflower I'm sure is so refreshing and wonderful.


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