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Making Elderflower Cordial

June 14, 2010

Our Sunday morning nature walk was graced with hedgerows filled with frothy Elderflowers.

We picked a bag full & now have a big bowl of cordial steeping. Here is our recipe:

Elderflower cordial


  • 3 pints of boiling water
  • 1 kilo of golden granulated sugar
  • 20 – 25  elderflower heads
  • 4 lemons
  • 2oz of citric acid


  1. In a deep mixing bowl pour the boiling water onto the sugar and stir.
  2. Add the citric acid.
  3. Leave to cool, stirring every now and then to dissolve the sugar & citric acid.
  4. When cool add the sliced lemons and the elderflower heads.
  5. Leave to steep for 48 hours.
  6. Strain twice through sterilised muslin
  7. Using a jug and funnel carefully pour into hot sterilised bottles

(This recipe is adapted from one I found on the internet, but cannot remember where, please let me know if you are aware of its origins then I can give credit.)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 10:30 am

    Sorry to be a bit dim, but once it is made do you drink it neat or dilute it? Also, to sterilise a muslin cloth do you just boil it? Hope you and the girls and Dad and the dog (I think you’ve got a dog!) are all well! Love, Helen

  2. June 16, 2010 6:49 pm

    hello Helen : )
    This recipe is to be diluted. Yes, just boil the muslin & glass bottles can be sterilised in a low oven.

  3. July 5, 2010 9:17 pm

    sounds lovely 🙂 thank you for sharing xx

  4. July 16, 2010 8:26 pm

    i really want to try this! 😀

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