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Soak up the flavours of summer with our easy elderflower drinks. From fresh cordials to creative cocktails, make the most of this fabulous flower

Fragrant, floral and refreshing, there’s nothing like the delicate flavour of elderflower. We’ve drizzled it on cakes, stirred it into ice creams and even fried it into golden-brown fritters. Our all-time favourite way to enjoy this alluring hedgerow treat is in a cool cocktail or simple, homemade cordial.

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Learn how to make our easy elderflower cordial and you'll have the taste at your fingertips. Mix with sparkling water or even champagne or prosecco for a fun party tipple in a flash.

It's not just cordial you can use to capture delicious infusions. Have the tonic and ice at the ready and make a batch of your own elderflower gin for a G&T with a twist. We even have elderflower & gooseberry vodka – try serving with lemonade for a super-quick cocktail.

See our elderflower drinks collection for even more recipes and delicious seasonal serves from our favourite summer drink recipes.

1. Cucumber & elderflower spritzer

Take five ingredients and cool off with a simple seasonal spritz. Mint and cucumber is a classic refreshing flavour combination, and it’s even better when combined with your own elderflower cordial and a glug of white wine. Skipping the booze? Try our zesty orange & cranberry version for a quick brunch flavour boost.

2. Apple, elderflower & gin cocktail

Five minutes and four ingredients is all it takes to mix up this crowd-pleasing cocktail. This jam jar gin beauty is full of flavour and perfect for taking on picnics, as everything is pre-mixed and ready to pour. Add a strip of fresh ginger for an extra-zingy brew with a hint of warmth. Need another picture-perfect picnic drink? Try these elderflower & cucumber G&Ts.

3. Elderflower and herb cooler

Adding a couple of well-placed sprigs of rosemary and thyme to your cocktail will take this boozy cooler to the next level. Add some edible flowers for a final flourish and learn how to make cool cubes with our handy video tutorial.

4. Prosecco & elderflower cocktail

Our classic prosecco, vodka and elderflower cocktail with a hint of jasmine and sharp grapefruit is an irresistible mix. Use a spoonful of orange blossom honey to balance out the strong citrus flavours. Try adding a scoop of lemon sorbet and a splash of gin to your standard elderflower & prosecco mix for something extra special, or spoon in an easy gooseberry crush for a light, fruity treat no one will turn down.

5. Summer punch

If you're entertaining a crowd, mix up a batch of our easy sparkling summer punch. This delicious mix looks impressive but just involves throwing a few key ingredients together. If you want an extra special version, swap the sparkling water for champagne. Try another super swap and make our white wine sangria. The elderflower complements the peaches, delicate white wine and splash of ginger.

6. Elderflower champagne

Elderflower in glasses and bottle

Make an extra-special bottle of fizz with delicate elderflower flavours with step-by-step elderflower champagne recipe. Get stuck into this weekend project and make the most of these seasonal blooms. There's nothing more impressive than cracking open a bottle of your own home brew and this delicious drink is ideal for entertaining.

7. Easy elderflower liqueur

Elderflower liqueur in bottle with flowers on table

Turn a bottle of vodka into something special with our easy recipe for homemade elderflower liqueur. Bottle a taste of summer with just a handful of ingredients and some easy infusing. Use a dash in your bakes to add a subtle floral flavour, or try mixing up your cocktails with our elderflower & herb cooler.

8. Homemade elderflower cordial

Cordial on tray in glasses

Making a bottle of sweet elderflower cordial is on the top of our list of things to do with elderflower. Mix your cordial with sparkling water to create elderflower pressé, a delicious non-alcoholic option, or add to wine, prosecco or champagne to start a party in style.

9. Elderflower wine

Elderflower wine being poured into glasses

Embrace home brewing and make a batch of our mouth-watering elderflower wine. Read up on how to clean brewing equipment and our home-brewing safety tips before you get started, then bottle up your creation to keep for a special occasion.

10. English garden cocktail

Cocktail in glasses with cucumber and mint leaves

Celebrate the sunshine with some quintessentially English flavours. Our English garden cocktail is a simple gin-based serve you can make in minutes with sharp lemon, floral elderflower, sweet apple juice and a few mint leaves. Add strips of cucumber before serving for an eye-catching final flourish.

Enjoyed these recipes? Try our other summer drinks...

5 of our finest summer punches
Top 5 sangria recipes
New ways to use Pimm's

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