Elderflower Cordial


I’ve missed the boat a little on this one I’m afraid. Is there anything more Summery or more British than a glass of Elderflower cordial? Pimms or Wimbledon perhaps. My Mum makes this every summer, but this year I thought I’d make my own. You might be lucky enough to still have some Elderflowers around near you, but if not- bookmark this recipe for next year!


To make 4 litres of cordial (a lot!), you will need:

  • 2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed (from a nearby, not too road polluted hedgerow!)
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists or mine came from the local health food shop)


  • Add the sugar and 1.5 litres of water to the largest pan you own and heat gently on the hob until the sugar dissolves- don’t let this boil.
  • Whilst waiting for the syrup to form, prepare the lemons- pare the rind using a vegetable peeler, and then slice what is left into rounds.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat, and add the lemons and citric acid. Clean the elderflowers of dirt, bugs and pollution by giving them a quick swirl in a bowl of cold water before adding to the syrup mixture with the thick stalks removed.
  • Stir well and leave to infuse for around 24 hours.
  • Strain the cordial through an old tea towel to remove all pieces and petals of Elderflower.
  • Transfer to clean, sterilised glass bottles, seal and refrigerate.
  • The cordial should keep in the fridge for around 6 weeks- enjoy!


And there you have it, an easy summer drink all ready to go. I just have bottles of the stuff now!


Thanks to a free summer drinks guide from Waitrose, I have a host of Elderflower cocktail ideas lined up, so watch this space. Trying them all will be a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…

Based on the recipe from BBC Good Food here.


4 thoughts on “Elderflower Cordial

  1. I made this the other day after discovering loads of elderflower near my home. I’ve made about 3 litres but have already passed a couple of bottles onto my mum and sister. It’s lovely and so easy isn’t it?

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