Easy Peasy Home-Made Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial encapsulates the perfect English summer, it’s so quintessentially English and so easy to make! 

On a hot summer’s day I love nothing better than the clink of icecubes, the smell of elderflower and the fizz of sparkling water.  It’s so refreshing and delicious. 

Over the years I’ve dabbled with various recipes but I think Sophie Grigson‘s recipe, shown below, is my absolute favourite. 

It makes 1.5 litres and once refrigerated, lasts for 3 months


20 heads of elderflower

1.8 kg of granulated/caster sugar – you will need two bags!!

1.2 litres of water

2 unwaxed lemons

75 g of citric acid (Sainsburys sell 50g boxes and I’ve always found this works perfectly too)


Put the sugar and water into a large pan (I’ve used a preserving pan)  and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Next place the elderflower heads in a large bowl.

While the sugar syrup is heating, pare the zest of the lemons off into wide strips.  Slice the main body of the lemons, discarding both ends pieces for your compost.  Once the lemons have been prepared add to the elderflower bowl.

Pour the boiling syrup over the elderflower and lemons, and then stir in the citric acid.  Cover with a cloth and leave at room temperature for 24 hours.

On the following day, strain the cordial through a sieve lined with a muslin (or a new j-cloth) and pour into thoroughly cleaned glass or plastic bottles.  Screw on the lids and pop into the cupboard ready to use.

Serving Suggestions

Elderflower Cordial

Dilute the Elderflower Cordial to taste with fizzy water, and serve over ice with a slice or two of lemon or sprigs of mint from the garden.

Alcholic Elderflower

For something with a bit more of a kick why not add a shot of gin or vodka and a lemon slice.

Elderflower Spritzer

Add to white wine and sparkling water to made an Elderflower Spritzer

A Few More Facts About Elderflower

Elderflower usually flowers between late May and early June and can be found growing in wasteland, hedgerows, beside paths and in my garden!  The flower contains antiviral properties and is a good anti-inflammatory and decongestant, as well as tasting absolutely delicious!

Good luck and happy Elderflower Cordial making!

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One Response to Easy Peasy Home-Made Elderflower Cordial

  1. Adrienne Craddock says:

    Will make some this weekend!!

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