Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial
  • Serves icon Makes about 2 litres
  • Time icon Takes 10 minutes to make, plus cooling and steeping

Make a supply of this cordial recipe when elderflowers are in season and it’ll be easy to put together fantastic summer desserts for months to come.

Find out how to forage elderflower, and what else you can do with the flowers, alongside our best elderflower cordial recipes here.

And if you need a way to use your cordial, how lovely does floating clouds in elderflower custard sound?

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
49kcals
Fat
no fat
Protein
None
Carbohydrates
12.2g (12.5g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
no salt
Calories
49kcals
Fat
no fat
Protein
None
Carbohydrates
12.2g (12.5g sugars)
Fibre
no fibre
Salt
no salt

Per 100ml

Ingredients

  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • 3 unwaxed lemons
  • 4 limes
  • 50 or so large elderflower heads
  • 65g citric acid (available from some pharmacies or online)

Method

  1. Put the sugar in an enamel, glass or ceramic bowl with 1.75 litres boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to cool completely.
  2. Zest and slice the lemons and thinly slice the limes. Add the zest and fruit slices to the cold sugar solution. Shake the flowers to displace any hidden insects, and remove the stalks. Add the flowers to the bowl with the citric acid, then stir. Cover with cling film and leave for 36 hours in a cool dark place.
  3. Strain through a fine sieve, then strain again, this time through a sieve lined with a fine muslin cloth. Decant into sterilised glass bottles and keep in a cool dark place for up to 2 months. Once opened, refrigerate and use within a month.

delicious. tips

  1. Freeze the finished cordial in small plastic containers and defrost as needed.

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