Homemade elderflower cordial

Homemade elderflower cordial

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(26 ratings)

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

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
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    Sugar

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  • 2 unwaxed lemons
    Lemon

    Lemon

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

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.

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ripley8
11th Jun, 2012
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
5th Jun, 2012
We swapped citric acid for vitamin c powder - a lot better for you and easier to get (we got ours from Holland and Barrett)
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alanmac123
19th Jul, 2013
Great tip!
scallysmum
4th Jun, 2012
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
30th May, 2012
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.
avrildavina
3rd Jun, 2011
made this cordial last year, it was amazing and easy. Had some with sparkling wine for our silver wedding anniversary-yum. Made a few batches and sold it in my cafe.Keeps for longer than 6 weeks, some sediment may form on top, just pour it away.Shall be makeing this year first batch tomorow.
avrildavina
3rd Jun, 2011
made this cordial last year, it was amazing and easy. Had some with sparkling wine for our silver wedding anniversary-yum. Made a few batches and sold it in my cafe.Keeps for longer than 6 weeks, some sediment may form on top, just pour it away.Shall be makeing this year first batch tomorow.
vintagemunchkin
21st May, 2011
5.05
Mmmm, I do love this stuff! Made it with my class, and have been saving glass bottles all year to bottle it. We've made pretty labels and are selling it. Gorgeous stuff!
mannyy
27th Oct, 2010
I have never made anything with elderflowers before. When it says use 20 something flowers is that the individual tiny flowers or the whole head of flowers. I am in AUstralia and have managed to grow a nice little shrub that should work with this recipe. Thanks.
kasiamaskill
7th Jul, 2010
5.05
I used old jam jars and preserved it for winter -really lovely!!

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