May 16, 2024

Super Simple Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Indulge in the taste of refined simplicity with this exquisite Elderflower Cordial recipe- a delightful concoction that whispers of sun-kissed afternoons and garden gatherings.

Crafted with love, it's a nod to the elegance of bygone eras, perfect for the discerning hostess. Picture yourself, a modern-day Martha Stewart, infusing your kitchen with the fragrant essence of elderflowers, creating a drink that elevates any occasion. Sip, savor, and let the whispers of floral delight transport you to a realm of timeless charm. Get ready to impress with a sip of sophistication, darling.

What you'll need:

  • Elderflower - 40-45 big florettes (I forage mine from the local park, it's currently in full bloom and super fragrant)
  • 3 lemons
  • 1kg of golden caster sugar
  • 1L water
  1. Collect your fresh elderflower. The more you put in the more potent and fragrant the final output will be. I'd aim for 40 to 45 large florettes but you can add more for more punch or less just reeduce the amount of water and sugar.
  2. Wash your elderflower florettes. Simply fill in your sink with cold water and give them a swirl with your hand. Make sure you get rid of any leaves, bugs and as much of the pollen as possible.
  3. While the elderflower is resting in water, mix in a litre of cold water with the sugar and the freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons.
  4. Take your elderflower and trim off any of the stalks. It is the actual florettes that will release the flavour, so discard any of the greenery as it adds nothing to your cordial. Put them on thesugar water mixture.
  5. Once all the elderflower is in, add in the remaining lemon flesh chopped up in quarters. Give everything a good stri to make sure it's incorporated. Cover with a lid.
  6. Now your cordial is ready to rest and infuse. Keep in the fridge for 2-3 days stirring once a day to make sure the flavours are mixed in.
  7. Afetr 3 days, strain your cordial. Line a fine sieve with muslin over a large bowl (if you don’t have muslin, you can use good quality kitchen towel) and pour through the cordial.
  8. Store in bottles or jars and drink diluted to your taste.

Et voila! You now have some refreshing home made elderflower cordial.

As you bottle up this liquid poetry, remember, its versatility knows no bounds. Whether you opt for a refreshing mix with sparkling water on a balmy afternoon or a bubbly affair with prosecco under the stars, this elderflower cordial is your ticket to effortless elegance. So, raise your glass and toast to the beauty of simple pleasures and the joy of creating memories one sip at a time. Cheers to you, and may every sip be a celebration of the art of living well.


I know there are some recipes that call for the cordial to be boiled or steeped in hot water but in my experience a cold infusion is much more punchy so really no need for that.

Let me know if you try this recipe!

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