Elderflower Cordial





Elderflower cordial is one of June’s great joys – a sweet taste of Summer. This weekend I went in search of suitable bushes and returned with a basket of elderflowers, picked from the hedgerow by the stream. The recipe that I use is a simple one- one lemon, one litre of water, one bag of sugar, one teaspoon of citric acid….

Elderflower cordial never lasts long in our house, so I am sure that this will be the first of several batches, not least because I shall be needing some to make another annual favourite- Elderflower Drizzle Cake.

Elderflower CordialĀ 

(Makes 1 litre)

25 heads of elderflower

1 kg caster sugar

1 litre boiling water

1 lemon

1 teaspoon citric acid


Put the water and sugar in a preserving pan. Gently heat without boiling to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the syrup briefly to the boil and then remove it from the heat.

Carefully check the elderflower heads and shake out any insects.

Add the lemon zest and juice, the citric acid and the elderflowers to the pan. Stir and leave to steep for 24 hours.

Strain the liquid through a muslin. Use a funnel to pour into sterilised bottles and seal.

Store the cordial in the fridge- it will keep for about a month, although ours never hangs around for that long!

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