Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower in Bloom

It’s that time of year when going for walks can be very useful.  Walks that include a bit of foraging of elderflowers for summer coolers, ice lollies and flavourings.  Best to make the cordial within 2 hours of picking the flowers.

Fresh Air Freshener


1kg sugar

juice of two large lemons

Zest of 2 large lemons

15-20 elderflower heads, stalks removed


 In a large bowl, place the sugar and pour over 1 litre of boiling water. Stir to dissolve

Add the lemon juice and zest, stir

Zest, Juice and Sugar

Give the elder-flowers a good shake out to remove any insects and add these to the syrup and stir

Cover and leave to stand for 48 hours, stirring it a couple of times during the day

Stir To Relase

Sterilise some bottles (on the hottest cycle of your dish washer)

Strain the cordial through a muslin cloth and pour into the bottles