Sunday, 20 June 2010

Elderflower Cordial

As the hedge is bursting with frothy elderflower heads I decided it was time to make some elderflower cordial - my very favourite summer drink.
If you'd like to have a go I'll tell you how - it's very easy & delicious!

First of all, pick about 10 elderflower heads (or, if you are me, get Tamzin & Jack to do it!)

Bring 600ml of water to the boil in a stainless steel saucepan.

Add 900g white sugar (sounds a lot but as it's diluted later it isn't too bad)

Stir until dissolved & then remove from heat & leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Now add the grated zest & juice of one lemon.

And 45g citric acid

Now add the elderflowers & stir

Cover & leave to stand overnight to infuse the flavours

Next day, strain the mixture (I use a jelly making bag) & pour into sterilised bottles.
It turns out a lovely light green colour.
As it is quite concentrated you only need a small amount, then dilute with still or sparking water.


  1. My favourite is with sparkling water. I made mine this week as well.

  2. After climbing onto Jacks shoulders, and having my face come dangerously close to some brambles, I can say that it was all worth it! It's delicious! Bottle it for the V&H Textiles fair Ma??
    T X

  3. It sounds delicious, love the action shots of the ingredients going in to the pan.
    Ann x

  4. i keep meaning to make this after I saw it on rivercottage but i keep cheating and buying elderflower presse from sainsburys! he he fliss xx

  5. What a fun thing to do.

    Victoria xx

  6. I need to try that - just need to get some citric acid.

  7. Now this is what I intended to do this weekend.. but we make the champagne recipe..highly explosive but very very tasty!

  8. It sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I would love to make this I have made elderberry wine in the past and that was yummy
    thanks for the recipe

  10. Have now got elderflowers, citric acid & lemons - off to concoct & take pics!!

  11. I'm so lazy..I'm afraid I buy it from the supermarket!I'd love to try yours though,I bet it tastes delicious.

    Bellaboo ;0)

  12. Mmmm I LOVE elderflower cordial, that looks delicious! Don't see many of the flowers round here though but I will bear the recipe in mind :)

    Mel xxx

  13. That sounds absolutely gorgeous, I will have to try this recipe out. Love the bottles and labels you have used - gives a nice touch and looks so much better than supermarket bought drinks.
    Jo x

  14. Great instructions and pictures. Love the header picture, too.

  15. Ooh, I am going to try and make some....sounds delicious, thank you for the recipe.
    Julie x

  16. Hmmm we have some elder bushes but I was going to wait and make elderberry wine - but as there are so many bushes I just may give this a go as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Thank you so much for this recipe, I am definitely going to try it. :) xx

  18. Thaat sounds so amazing. I've never tasted elderflower and now I'm so curious. You have a new follower because I can't wait to see what you make next.