Elderflower cordial

My elderflower cordial recipe is very popular & easy to make. It perks up a drink by adding a sweet floral touch!

Elderflower cordial


1000g caster sugar

1 lemon

10 medium heads of elderflower

45g citric acid (available in chemists)

750ml water


Using a vegetable peeler, pare the rind and cut the lemon into slices

Place the water, sugar, lemon rind and sliced lemons  into a large pot and slowly heat without boiling until the sugar is dissolved, once dissolved, bring to the boil and turn off the heat. Add the citric acid. Combine. 

Gently rinse the elderflower heads in cold water to remove any dirt or little bugs.

Using scissors I try and remove as many of the flower heads as possible and throw away the stalks as this gives the cordial a bitter taste.

Add these flower heads to the cooled syrup and leave to marinate for 24 hours.

After this period of time, place a clean kitchen cloth over a bowl or jug and ladle the cold syrup into the cloth allow to drizzle through, discard the bits left in the towel.

Pour this cordial into sterilised bottles and this will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks, alternatively you can also freeze the cordial in ice trays and pop them out when needed.


I love to serve in a tall glass with crushed ice, lemon, cucumber and top up with sparkling water!

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