Elderberries make the most wonderful winter cordial and with the addition of the cloves the finished drink is lovely and soothing for winter sore throats. Top the cordial up with hot water and enjoy the deep autumnal flavours. Plus the berries are free.
Elderflower Cordial is free food, elderflowers grow on hedgerows from June to mid July in England, so all you need is a sunny day (elderflowers have a better aroma and consequently better flavour if picked when it’s sunny) and a pair of scissors.
This knocks the socks of the normal variety; it’s much healthier too.
Damsons grow wild and are often found amongst blackthorn (sloe) bushes but be careful not to get sloes and damsons mixed up. They look alike but damsons are bigger, as soon as you taste them you’ll know if you’ve got a sloe by mistake as they are so dry all the moisture in your mouth…