One of my favorite after-dinner treats is neither a traditional dessert nor a boozy cocktail. In fact, it's more often associated with sunny brunches than nighttime indulgences. But at the end of a long weekday, a glass of elderflower cordial is the simple, sweet delight that I crave.
I fell head-over-heels for elderflower cordial many years ago when I lived in London. The delicate, muscat-flavored syrup may be used in cocktails and desserts, but the simplest, most sublime way to enjoy it is with sparkling water.
On weeknights, I love to relax with a glass of elderflower soda, each sip blooming with the essence of spring and summer. Now that I make my own elderflower cordial, the associations are not just with my time in England, but also the lovely days and places where I foraged the blossoms here in Southern California.
How about you? Is your favorite weeknight treat a beverage?
If you're interested in elderflower cordial, I highly recommend making your own if possible. Otherwise, the Belvoir Fruit Farms brand is very good, and Faith has recommended the elderflower concentrate from IKEA.
Related: Foraging Project: Make Elderflower Cordial
(Images: Emily Ho)