I’ve always thought that the industrious Victorian and Edwardian entrepreneurs were both earnest and slightly naive in the best sense.
Some of these all time favourite British refreshments are carbonated whilst others are highly concentrated juices and flower based cordials and presses.
Carbonated and or brewed:
- Cream Soda
- Cloudy Victorian Lemonade
- Ginger Beer
- Rose Lemonade
- Pressés. Fruit and herbal drinks lightly carbonated
- High Juice
- Squash. Fruit concentrates, usually from apples, oranges, strawberries, black currants and raspberries
- Barley and fruit concentrates
- Cordials. Typically made with elderflower, pomegranate, lime, ginger and berries
The inflorescence of the Sambucus, also called elder belongs to the honeysuckle family , it’s a perennial plant and grows into small trees and shrubs.
The fragrant white little flowers of the Sambucus, popularly known as elderflower The word ‘Elder’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word aeld.
It is used to flavour sweets, marshmallows, cakes. Syrups are also used to elaborate liqueurs, wine and champagne.
Here’s a recipe for a great Victorian cocktail. For each glass you will need:
- 2 ice cubes
- 3 tbsp elderflower cordial
- juice of ½ lime
- top with ginger beer
- garnish with peppermint leaves
- add a shot of gin or vodka
Shake and serve.