Myths and legends have sprung up around aromatic elderflower since storytelling began – and this bottlegreen elderflower cordial in your October Gin of the Month box does justice to the magic of the elder tree.
Fancy seeing a fairy next summer? Snuggle up under an elder tree, where folk tales have for centuries insisted they appear on Midsummer Night’s eve.
In fact, elderflowers have always been associated with magic. Used by herbalists for centuries, they were also an integral part of European folklore. Pregnant Celtic women would kiss the petals to give their unborn children good fortune, while the juice of the elderberry was said to give a person the power to see witches.
In English and Scottish legend, the elder tree is protected by the ‘elder mother’. Sometimes a spirit and sometimes a witch, she’s always vengeful towards those who try to harm the tree she calls home. Legend has it that only bad things befall woodcutters who take down an elder tree without first saying the following phrase: Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.
The bottlegreen elderflower cordial in your October Gin of the Month box does justice to the magic of the elder tree. This cordial was born of curiosity, and its creators are still discovering new ways to use it. In everything from cakes and bakes to cocktails, this elegantly flavoured cordial lives up to its magical reputation.