Rinse the elderflowers and strawberries thoroughly. Mash the strawberries. Combine strawberries, elderflowers, lemon slices and citric acid in a bowl. Bring the water and sugar to the boil. Dissolve the sodium benzoate in a little of the warm syrup and pour back into the pan. Pour the hot syrup over the mixture in the bowl. Cover and stand in a cool place for three days. Strain through a cheesecloth for 30 minutes. Pour into sterilised bottles, filling them right to the top. Seal. Store in a cool place. The cordial can be stored in the freezer.
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