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Elderflower Cordial

Homemade elderflower cordial taste delicious and it's very easy to make and you only need three ingredients!
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British


  • 10 elderflower heads
  • 330 g granulated (white) sugar
  • 2 lemons organic - not treated
  • 650 ml boiling water


  • Pick 10 large elderflower heads.
  • Gently shake them to make sure you get any insects or bugs and leave them for an hour on a tray (if there are any more bugs, they will crawl away)
  • Cut out the green stems
  • Prepare zest from the two lemons
  • Put the elderflowers and lemon zest into a plastic container
  • Cover with boiling water (I boil my water in a kettle and then place my plastic bowl directly on a scales, making sure they are set to zero and pour out the 650ml of boiling water)
  • Cover and leave to infuse overnight or for at least 12 hours
  • The next day, pour the infused elderflower water over a fine sieve (or a sieve lined with a musln cloth)
  • Add the elderflower water to a large saucepan with the sugar and juice from the two lemons
  • Heat very gently and make sure the mixture doesn't boil.
  • When all sugar is dissolved, bring to simmering point and continue to simmer for a few minutes.
  • Pour into a suitable bottle, seal and leave to cool down
  • Use straight away or keep for a few weeks in the fridge or somewhere cold.