Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial
  • Serves icon Makes about 2.5 litres
  • Time icon 20 minutes, plus cooling and storing, if you like

Fresh elderflower heads are essential for this homemade cordial recipe. You’ll start to see them on trees from around mid-May, in the UK season. Rest assured you’ll never want to buy it pre-made again!

For a slightly less sweet variation of this recipe, try this elderflower cordial.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
328kcals
Fat
no fat
Protein
0.1g
Carbohydrates
83.21g (81.2g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
no salt
Calories
328kcals
Fat
no fat
Protein
0.1g
Carbohydrates
83.21g (81.2g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
no salt

Per 100ml

Ingredients

  • 1.2kg granulated sugar
  • 4 unwaxed lemons
  • 4 unwaxed limes
  • 40 or so large elderflower heads, cleaned
  • 65g citric acid

Method

  1. Put the sugar in a large enamel, glass or ceramic bowl and add 1.75 litres boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then allow to cool to blood temperature (about 37C).
  2. Thinly slice the lemons and limes and add to the sugar solution. Discard the stalks of the elderflowers, then add the flowers to the bowl with the citric acid and stir. Cover and leave for 24-36 hours in a cool dark place.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve, then strain again, this time through a sieve lined with muslin cloth. Decant into sterilised glass bottles and keep in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. Once open, refrigerate and use within a month.

delicious. tips

  1. Citric acid is used both as a flavouring and preservative. Citrus fruit is a rich source but manufactured citric acid will keep your cordial fresh for longer. It’s available online or at chemists.

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