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Homemade Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower cordial is a fragrant drink that pairs well with sparkling water to make an elderflower pressé or with spring water for a refreshing summer-inspired drink. And if you have any left over add it to a glass of prosecco for a touch of elegance.

Before you begin, it may seem like a lot of sugar, but the sugar helps to preserve the cordial!


1kg granulated (white) sugar

1 litre of water

50g of citric acid from chemists or the juice of 2 large lemons

Zest of 2 large lemons

15 elderflower heads (stalks removed)

  1. Put the sugar into your largest saucepan or basin.
  2. Boil the water in a kettle and once boiled add to the sugar.
  3. Stir the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the citric acid or lemon juice and the lemon zest.
  5. Next, give the elderflower heads a shake to remove any insects or dirt and add the flowers to the sugar syrup. Cover the pan and leave to stand for 1-2 days, stirring in the morning and evening.
  6. Line a colander with a clean tea towel or muslin and sit over a large pan or bowl.
  7. Ladle the syrup into the covered colander and allow the liquid to slowly drip through.

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