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Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Updated: May 31, 2022

**Updated 2022**

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

This recipe makes just over 3pts / 1.8ltrs of Elderflower Cordial.


Before picking your elderflower, make sure you have food-grade Citric Acid (this can be found online or from a local refill shop), a muslin cloth and plenty of glass bottles.

Tips for picking elderflower:


  • Pick the elderflowers in the morning, before insects harvest their pollen

  • Make sure the flowers you pick are open and not browning

  • Avoid picking the flowers in the rain or after it has rained, and don’t wash them before use as this will wash away their natural yeasts

  • If the flowers smell distinctly of urine they are past their best - find floral and fresher smelling flowers

  • Chop off the thick green stalks before using

  • Pick flowers that are high off the ground, away from passing foxes or dogs

  • Use as quickly as possible after harvesting


You’ll need:


  • 1.4kg of Granulated Sugar

  • 940ml of Water

  • 40g of Citric Acid (optional)

  • 25-30 Elderflower Heads - the more you use, the stronger the flavour

  • 1 Unwaxed Lemon - cut into slices

1. In a large saucepan, melt together the water, sugar and citric acid on a low heat


2. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature (you might want to pour the syrup into a heatproof bowl or cold saucepan to help speed this up)


3. Whilst the syrup is cooling down, brush off any insects from the elderflower heads - don’t wash them otherwise you’ll wash off the natural yeasts and pollen. Trim away and discard as much thick green stems as you can - the flowers hold the flavour!


4. Sterilise a large glass bottle (instructions on how to do this are here)


5. Pop the flowers and lemon slices into the glass bottle and pour the cooled syrup over them - make sure the flowers are submerged in the syrup


6. Cover the bottle, jar or bowl with a lid and pop in the fridge for two days (48 hours)


Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Two days later:


7. Sterilise several glass bottles - see our "How to: Sterilise Glass Bottles" blog post on how to do this


8. Sieve the cordial through a fine-meshed sieve, cheesecloth or muslin cloth into glass bottles (we used Kilner clip-top bottles)


9. Keep in the fridge and enjoy - the cordial should last for up to a year!

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