Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower cordial really captures the essence of English summers and our version is so much better than anything you can buy!

The elderflower season is short (end of May to mid July latest) but if you catch it you can enjoy this gorgeous cordial all year long.


30 fresh elderflower heads in bloom and scent, picked on a hot day and gently washed in large bowl of cold water
2.5kg white sugar
2 lemons
100 g citric acid


Make a sugar syrup by dissolving sugar slowly in 1.5 litres of water over a gentle heat.

When dissolved, add juice of lemons plus pared lemon skin (avoiding the pith) along with citric acid.

Transfer syrup to a large bowl and add the washed elderflower heads. Cover bowl and leave to infuse for 24 hours.

Strain liquid through muslin and pour into sterilised screw top bottles.

The cordial can be drunk straight away diluted with water and will last for up to 6 weeks in the fridge. It can also be preserved longer by freezing it into ice cube trays to be used as needed.

For something a touch more sprightly, add a shot of gin or vodka and a lemon slice, or add it to white wine and sparkling water to make an elderflower spritzer.