Elderflower cordial

Its that time of year again, when the days are long and a short walk is filled with the smell of Elderflowers, summer is here!

As far as non-alcoholic drinks go, this one takes some beating. Be sure to pick your flowers on a dry day.

Serve diluted in still or sparkling water, or with lemonade.

You can also dilute 1 part cordial to 2 parts water and freeze it in lolly moulds for a lovely springtime treat.


  • 25 elderflower heads, in full bloom
  • 4 lemons
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 1.5L water (boiled)


Place the flower heads into a bucket, along with the zest and juice of the lemons.

Pour over the water, cover with a teatowel and leave overnight.
Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth and put it into a large saucepan. Add the sugar and bring to the boil.

Pour into warm, sterilised bottles.

Refrigerate and use within a few weeks or freeze in plastic bottles for longer storage.

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