Homemade elderflower cordial

Homemade elderflower cordial

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(25 ratings)

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


Makes about 4 litres

Fragrant and refreshing, springtime elderflower cordial is easy to make. Mix with sparkling water to create elderflower pressé, or add to wine, prosecco or champagne to start a party in style

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per 250ml

  • kcal619
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs165g
  • sugars165g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.03g
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  • 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster



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  • 2 unwaxed lemons



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  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists)


  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.

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Rhymed's picture
29th May, 2014
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
11th May, 2014
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.
5th May, 2014
You can buy citric acid in Wilko -- it's in their 'Home Brewing' section.
jaywalker's picture
25th Feb, 2014
I got my citric acid on ebay.
alanmac123's picture
19th Jul, 2013
16th Jul, 2013
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!!
24th Jun, 2013
Very easy and quick to make. Delicious especially in cocktails.
29th Jun, 2012
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.
20th Jun, 2012
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.
13th Jun, 2012
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.


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