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Elderflower Cordial

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Elderflowers are so aromatic, with their unmistakable delicate floral scent. Capture Summer in a bottle with our easy Elderflower cordial recipe.


Prep : 20 minutes
Cook : 1 day
  • 20 heads of  fresh white Elderflowers, the pink variety is fine to use if you have them
  • 500g sugar
  • 3 tbsp of quality honey
  • The zest and juice of 1 large lemon or orange, we used a mixture of both!
  • 1 ltr of water



  1. When collecting your Elderflowers, do so in the morning on a warm dry day and choose the flowers that are newly opened. Shake gently to remove any bugs, and to prevent losing the delicate pollen, store ‘heads up’ until needed.
  2. Put the water into a pan with a well fitting lid, add the sugar and honey and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon/orange zest and juice, stir and allow to reach a gentle boil for a few minutes.
    (Whilst you are waiting for the syrup to simmer, snip away as many stems from the flowers as you can).
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully tip in the Elderflowers. Make sure that they are fully submerged in the hot syrup, pop on the lid and set aside for at least 12 hours, preferably 24.
  5. When ready, strain the syrup into a bowl through a fine meshed sieve and then again through a muslin cloth.
  6. Finally, decant your Elderflower Cordial into steralised bottles. This should keep in the fridge for a month – if given the chance!


Serve with chilled sparkling water for a refreshing long drink, add a dash to your G ‘n’ T  Sundowner, or use to flavour ice lollies, sorbets or champagne.


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