How to make elderflower cordial

elderflower cordial

We know you love a recipe, especially when it’s for something you can pick out in the wild, so here’s how to make elderflower cordial. This is a lovely recipe to share with you from The Old Bakehouse Cookery

Tips: Rather than wash your elderflower, just give them a gentle shake and check for insects.


  • 15 elderflower heads in bloom (not those growing near
    roads, try to find some pollution free trees!)
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 4 tbsp citric acid (can be bought on the internet; get
    ‘food grade’ quality)
  • 2.5L water
  • 1kg sugar (6) – it does make 3 litres of cordial


  • Put the flower heads, sugar, lemon slices, citric acid &
    water into a large pan & bring to the boil.
  • Cover & leave to steep overnight (or at least a few
  • Strain the liquid through a muslin cloth & squeeze
  • Return the liquid to the large pan and add the sugar.
  • Bring to the boil again, stirring until the sugar
    dissolves. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, sterilise some glass bottles (3x1L
    bottles), lids and all the utensils you’ll need to transfer
    the cordial into the bottles.
  • Bottle up the cordial while still hot.
  • Store in a cool, dark place and refrigerate once
  • Best enjoyed with the sparkling water (or Prosecco!)
  • Add extra lemon if you like.

I’ve also found an alternative recipe which you can find over at Alice Through the Year. Alice is a wonderful teacher and has some great recipes to share, plus she offers in person courses, and these aren’t just any courses, they’re personal and truly unique. Go and take a look.

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