Throughout the summer, frothy, fragrant meadowsweet blooms can be found in hedgerows, ditches and damp meadows right across the country. A sacred plant of the druids and used medicinally since the bronze ages, the active ingredient ‘salicin’ (aspirin) was finally extracted and identified in the mid 19th century. Indeed, it’s old latin name ‘Spirea’ is where the very name for aspirin comes from. Meadowsweet’s flavour fusion of elderflower and marzipan is much loved by modern chefs, but add that to its traditional use to treat headaches and fevers and its hard to find a more perfect remedy than this floral cordial.
- 1 lemon
- 10-20 meadowsweet flowerheads
- 180ml water
- 180g of sugar or honey
Grate the rind and squeeze the juice from the lemon and place with all the other ingredients in a stainless steel pan. Bring gently to the boil, stirring every now and then and keep at a simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain into small sterilised bottles, allow to cool and then seal. It will last for a week once opened so its better to use small bottles and use it all up within a week. Dilute with water for a refreshing drink
Keep refrigerated and use within a week or freeze for up to a year. Caution! Should not be drunk by children under 16 or if pregnant or allergic to aspirin.
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