Elderflowers can be found everywhere in June from gardens and woodland to sides of rivers, paths and roads. While most of us know how refreshing elderflower cordial and champagne is, few of us go out there and use them. Don't pick elderflowers from the sides of busy roads, choose open flowers that are fresh not wilted. Before using always shake them to remove bugs etc. and if you wish wash them under cold water, and pat dry with kitchen paper.
While ice-creams and sorbets can be made without an ice-cream machine it is far easier with one. If you wish to make it without a machine, freeze the mixture for 1 hour then stir with a fork every 40-60 minutes for 3-4 hours (this stops crystals forming.