I have often hoped to come across a recipe for floral drinks such as the ones found in Swedish shops (or Sweden). I just discovered dandelions do the trick very nicely. I made a syrup first, then diluted it – every bit as good as elderflower etc. I am sure it can be used equally well for cocktails or toddies, but for now am just using it for a tall summer non-alcoholic drink.
2 cups dandelion petals, packed tightly
2 cups of sugar
2 cups water
juice of 1 lemon
Wash the flowers and remove the petals. Cover them with water, bring to a boil for no more than a minute, then remove from heat and leave them to steep overnight.
The next morning, strain the liquid and discard the petals. Add the lemon juice and the sugar, bring to a boil and then simmer for about an hour and a half.
Mix one part syrup to four parts water.