It's time. Dandelions are everywhere. Dandelion Cordial is a fun and tasty way to get some of the healing power from the humble, but mighty Dandelion. Plus, it makes a really nice Hostess gift.
First things first. Make sure you know they are safe to use (make sure no chemicals have been sprayed in the yard and that few dogs ever visit the property).
Usually, I use Brandy to make a cordial, but I've also made some from Rum. Whatever floats your boat.
How to Make "Dandelion Cordial"...
1. Pick a slew of Dandelion Flowers (make sure it's early in the afternoon, so the dew had already dried but the flowers are still open).
2. Pick a glass jar and fill 1/3 of the jar with sugar (or less if you prefer).
3. Fill the jar almost up to the top with the Dandelion Flowers.
4. Add some sliced organic lemons (I only had access to bottled lemon juice, so that's what I added).
5. Fill to the top with your alcohol of choice (Like I said, I usually use Brandy but I tried Rum before and it worked well).
7. Let sit for 2 weeks in a dark spot (shaking every day).
8. Pour your cordial (minus the flowers and lemon slices) into a pretty bottle.
9. Enjoy chilled with a slice of lemon or as a nice warm beverage with a little water and honey added to it (which hits the spot if you have a cold and have been having a coughing fit).
Why Dandelion? Dandelion contains loads of vitamins A, B, C and E and is full of phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. It's diuretic properties are very well-known. Some women make Dandelion Leaf Tea a few days before their period to help prevent water retention.
***A reminder….I’m not an MD, so have a chat with yours before taking any herbs or supplements. The info I am providing is for educational purposes only…Thank you! Hope this is helpful!!!