Homemade elderflower cordial

Homemade elderflower cordial

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus picking and 24 hours steeping

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 4 litres

Fragrant and refreshing, elderflower cordial is simple to make. Mix with soda water, or add to sparkling wine to start a summer party in style

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per 250ml

kcalories
619
protein
0g
carbs
165g
fat
0g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
165g
salt
0.03g

Ingredients

  • 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists)

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Method

  1. Put the sugar and 1.5 litres/2¾ pints water into the largest saucepan you have. Gently heat, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved. Give it a stir every now and again. Pare the zest from the lemons using a potato peeler, then slice the lemons into rounds.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil, then turn off the heat. Fill a washing up bowl with cold water. Give the flowers a gentle swish around to loosen any dirt or bugs. Lift flowers out, gently shake and transfer to the syrup along with the lemons, zest and citric acid, then stir well. Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hrs.
  3. Line a colander with a clean tea towel, then sit it over a large bowl or pan. Ladle in the syrup – let it drip slowly through. Discard the bits left in the towel. Use a funnel and a ladle to fill sterilised bottles (run glass bottles through the dishwasher, or wash well with soapy water. Rinse, then leave to dry in a low oven). The cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Or freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2010

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sueandden@live.co.uk's picture
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I made this for the first time this summer and will definitely make next season! However I doubled the amount of elderflower heads and the time for infusing and the result was gorgeous.

Jod880's picture
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What a fab, easy recipe! I did pass it twice as it was still quite cloudy after the first sieving. Totally delicious I'm looking forward to trying it with lost of different drinks!

Julescat5's picture

Just made this for the first time and it is delicious. I'm a real fan of elderflower cordial and usually drink Bottle Green but this recipe is even better and so easy. Thoroughly recommend it.

martawillcox's picture
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We used about 100 heads of elderflower with the recipe above and the taste is exceptional! Highly recommended, if you can get that many! We got citric acid at a local asian foods mini-mart.

penwithian's picture

I've made this for a few years now. As I knew I would be moving house last summer I made a huge batch two years ago and we are still using it now. It is as good now as when it was bottled.

Rue's picture

Loved the tip to use it as a dressing for fruit salad! We have a huge tree at the bottom of our garden and we've possibly been a bit too excited about our crop this year. (We may have made 16 pints!) Our fridge is currently groaning with all the bottles, but I've had a really good tip from a veteran "brewer" that it's freezeable!

Elderflower cordial has to be one of my favourite drinks. Looking forward to summer!

Niko Sok's picture

I prepare this syrup every year and my children love it! It's surprisingly easy and very cheap. I always put Elderflower labels on my bottles to make them more attractive.

jhammerton's picture

You can buy citric acid in Wilko -- it's in their 'Home Brewing' section.

jaywalker's picture

I got my citric acid on ebay.

alanmac123's picture

Delicious!

Hairlines's picture

I made last week and its lovely but I'm having a problem with it freezing is there any tips or have I done something wrong.
Just going to start sieving a batch of black currant cordial hope it tastes as good!!

freyajane9's picture

Very easy and quick to make. Delicious especially in cocktails.

last edited: 11:29, 24th Jun, 2013
pictishlass's picture

I had a problem buying citric acid from the pharmacy a few years ago, but then remembered that you can usually get it from shops that sell wine making equipment.

bekkipain's picture
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used 2kg sugar, bowl not big enough for any more! Its delicious esp over ice with sparking water. Found citric acid at the local chemist but it was under the counter so i had to ask! Def dont need much just a large splash in a glass.

imcountingufoz's picture
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Delicious cordial. It's sweet, and you really don't need much at all. I have had it with fizzy water, lemonade, and even cava. SO nice.

ripley8's picture

I wish I'd seen your vitamin C comment. I live in Glasgow and have just spent an entire afternoon trying to get citric acid. Unfortunately no chemist or store stocks it because heroin addicts use it to dissolve their heroin before injecting. In the end I used some lemon sugar and added an extra lemon. It's my first time making it so who knows what I'll get.

guccimiss's picture

We swapped citric acid for vitamin c powder - a lot better for you and easier to get (we got ours from Holland and Barrett)

alanmac123's picture

Great tip!

scallysmum's picture

we went to the woods and got the elderflower i was so impressed with this drink i would love to make it for my sons wedding, we had it with lemonade and also just water with strawverries and ice its such a brilliant drink I think it tastes very classy and you can serve it with wine its just great and costs next t nothing to make i made 31/2 ltrs not sure how long it will last in fridge but please elt me know. I going to take a bottle to work to share with everyone.

themesius's picture

Well its harvesting time for the elderflowers and this years batch of elderflower cordial.
As with any recipe I would advise that you play around with it a bit untill you find the right balance for your own tastes.
Try swapping out the elderflowers for something else, crushed strawberries, crushed raspberries or even blizted mango ... they all make great cordial ... although the mango one can be very sweet.

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