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Elderflower beverages, created with care and unsurpassed integrity, provide a uniquely refreshing non-alcoholic drink. These products are diverse, great for all the family and all occasions. Summer in a bottle, perfected.
Addmore Elderflower Cordial is the flag ship of our beverages range. Creamy, aromatic flowers of the Elder tree, full of sweet exotic flavour, are packed into every bottle.The cordial can be diluted with cold or sparkling water for an effervescent 'pick-me-up', or added to hot water for soothing drinks.
Add to fruit punches or sophisticated cocktails or made into playful jellies. Elderflower cordial is an essential for everyone's pantry.
I waited to have the straight elderflower cordial before trying this variation which has apple in it and I'm glad I did as everyone enjoyed this version more than the first. I love the pattern used on the front of the bottles label and I like that it changes colour to suit the product, so in this case the flowers are red. Looking at the ingredients I note that this is 60% elderflower (and components) and 40% NZ apple juice concentrate, which is fabulous as so many products that I've tried and had apple in its main name, have had so little of the actual Apple in the final product, so this already had me thinking it would taste good, as I do love a juicy Apple.
I tried this first as a hot drink, I worked it out to be about 200mls of boiling water and approximately a tablespoon worth of the syrup made the perfect combination. I did notice that after a little while the drink required a bit of a swirl around as it started to get a bit cloudy, but that was easy enough to do and I do this with any hot drink often, so it wasn't any problem for me. I decided to dry this a little differently and added about half a cup of the cordial to approximately a litre of diet lemonade (an accidental buy) to see how it would turn out. All three kids drank this and all were dissapointed that there wasn't any left for them to have seconds. I enjoyed it but still prefer it better hot.
I can see us buying this again as a treat, or as a nice Christmas present for those who don't want items.
Unlike the Elderflower Sparkling Rose I had to share this elderflower cordial with other family members which I admit I struggled with, I loved it and would love to have said it is mine all mine!! The elderflower taste came through nicely with those sweet notes, even with the addition of the apple I still felt that the elderflower was prominent. As a child my nana made elderflower wine for us and it was probably more like the addmore original variety as it wasn't as sweet as this so perhaps the apple adds a different flavour.
Being a cordial the bottle is a good size as you only use one part cordial to 10 parts water and I loved the suggestion of using sparkling water which I tried as I had loved the sparkling rose I also received to review. For me personally I loved mixing this with hot water for a hot drink and think this is a perfect winter night treat as opposed to a milky drink, it still has that warm comfort factor and the level of sweetness is perfect!
My children enjoyed the cordial, my son mentioning that he could not taste flowers I think he was expecting something different when I told him it was elderflower cordial. In fact a visitor to my house who had never heard of elderflower had asked me if it tasted like flowers because they couldn't imagine that being nice. Pleasant surprise for them too after trying some. To me I don't get a floral taste you certainly have those perfumey notes but the sweetness is more prominent.
I actually liked the thickness of the cordial syrup I was shocked when I used it first expecting it to be a bit looser it really was quite a thick consistency and as I had seen it suggested on the KIWIreviews website that you could use it as a desert syrup so I did try it on icecream. Slightly looser than say a chocolate ice cream syrup but still completely enjoyable and a nice treat with vanilla icecream.
After having tried a previous Elderflower drink in the Addmore range and loving it I was really looking forward to to trying out this NZ Apple and Elderflower Cordial, as I believed it would be just as amazing and being a cordial I felt it would open up a whole range of different ways in which I could use it, and to me this is perfect as I just LOVE to use things in as many ways as possible.
The NZ Apple and Elderflower Cordial comes in a 200ml glass bottle which is dark green in colour, it looks very sophisticated with the green glass and white label which has lovely deep red flowers on it and lot's of fancy fonts used, if I was to see this on a supermarket shelf alongside other cordial bottles I would feel this one was a lot more fancy! Miss 4 who had enjoyed the previous Addmore Elderberry drink we had reviewed was excited to see this cordial as she recognised the label to be the same as the yummy drink she had tried and was begging for some straight away.
As per directions I shook the bottle before use and then placed 1 part of the cordial into a glass and topped it up with 10 parts of cold filtered water from out of the fridge and gave it a mix. The taste was amazing I could slightly taste the sweet flavours of the Elderberry amongst the fresh, crisp taste of the apple together this made an absolute winning combination, which the whole family LOVED!!! Even though it is winter so not the best time to be enjoying ice blocks, Miss 4 and I made some anyway by preparing the cordial the same way as we had the cold drink, these tasted great and the frozen state didn't affect the flavours at all.
I was making apple muffins for the weeks lunches and my recipe usually calls for apple juice, however I decided to add some elderberry and apple cordial in it's place by diluting 1 part cordial to 5 parts water (I wanted to create a strong taste in the muffins). This worked well and the thick cordial had no problems dissolving into a smaller amount of water. The result of the muffins was amazing and they had so much more flavour than they do when I use apple juice from a box.
As far as a versatile cordial goes this one is a winner it tastes great as a cold drink, in baking and made into ice blocks, but it is also a lovely soothing drink prepared warm to soothe a sore throat with a teaspoon of honey added to it. Our bottle is almost gone due to the amazing taste it presents so I will be looking to buy another bottle soon.
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