The day I discovered elderflower cordial is probably one of the best days of my life. I was at a summer picnic, hosted by one of my professors in his beautiful house in the English countryside. It was a hot, sunny summer day, one of those gorgeous days that, as every Brit knows, come only once in a blue moon. Prof's garden backed out on to lovely, green, cool woods, and it was like every single one of my memories of all those English storybooks I read as a kid come alive.
Everyone was outside in the garden. The table was loaded with cakes, summer strawberries, cream, small sandwiches and (I got wickedly excited when I saw this) ginger beer. There were also pitchers of elderflower cordial, and the first time I tried this fragrant, floral, tangy, quintessentially British drink, I was hooked.
And, to make things even better, one of my absolute favourite British chefs comes up with this. No stopping me now.
Every summer, I stock up on elderflower cordial. Its an easy, delicious way to ensure everyone gets their quota of hydration. There's always a bottle in the fridge, and Adz loves it too, especially strawberry and elderflower.
So it really was a no brainer when it came to these popsicles. I have been making a lot of pops, especially with summer being so short here in Edmonton. I feel like I should cram as much 'summery' stuff that I can, so I don't waste a single moment of sunshine and warmth. I probably shouldn't even call this a recipe, but this is how I make these pretty, summer pops. You can use any fruit in this recipe, and you could also make these with strawberry and elderflower cordial as well. Either way, I can guarantee a summer full of fun, colour and fresh flavours.
Now, I am sure you've been admiring these pretty pop molds, right? These are from Cuisipro's range of cute molds, and they also double up as drip catchers. I love my traditional molds, but I usually run out of wooden pop sticks and they can be messy. This is where these reusable sticks and drip catchers come in handy. The pop molds come in sixes, and they all connect with each other, so whether you want just one (really?!) or many, you don't have to pull the whole set from the freezer. Just grab one and go. The molds are beautifully constructed, BPA free, with bright colours and whimsical shapes that kids (and grownup kids) will adore.
Adz is in love with the Sailboats, Robots and the Rockets. The kids' versions are all really well thought out, with little extras that your little ones will completely get, and enjoy. Someone in Cuisipro's development team probably has kids and and it shows :)
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2 cups ice cold water
3 tablespoons elderflower cordial or elderflower strawberry cordial (+ more, if required) *
Fresh, sliced strawberries
Dilute the cordial into the chilled water. Taste, and add more cordial, depending on sweet you like your drinks.
Place the sliced strawberries into your popsicle moulds, and fill with the diluted elderflower cordial. Top with popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. Run water over the molds to unmold and enjoy.
I like to use Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial. Remember to use the concentrate, not the pressé. I've usually found it in Planet Organic and Blush Lane in Edmonton. From April to October you can also find their Strawberry Elderflower Cordial which is one of my favourite summer drinks. They also have a Ginger Lemongrass Cordial that I love.
PS - This is not a sponsored post for Bottlegreen, I just really like them.
Disclosure: Cuisipro provided me with a six sets of popsicle molds to give away. All opinions and the recipe are mine.