Elderflower Cordial


An easy Elderflower Cordial recipe is now up on my blog. The elderflowers need to be picked soon as they are already well in bloom. Goes well with champagne, just saying!

Today one of my dearest childhood friends arrived at my house with her truck, bundled Slinky and I inside and drove us to the beach. We sat with a rug over our laps, winter coats on our backs, beers in our hands and ate warm homemade pasties straight out of her aga. The dogs went off looking for families that were more generous with their picnics and we fought off seaguls swooping down to take a bite. In less than ideal conditions for June, we laugh at our madness and talk about our families, how we miss them and our inability to make their struggles easier. Once our hands had turned blue we headed home and on the journey back my friend stops in the country lanes so that I can hang out of the window and collect elderflower heads from the hedgerows. Once home I do what I always do when life gets a bit much, I get to work making something that will bring smiles to faces, including mine 🙂

There are many recipes for elderflower cordial, this one is my favourite. I make this every year, it’s easy, it lasts all year if stored carefully and when the sun eventually comes out, it has to be one of the most refreshing drinks you can make.

What you will need

20 elderflower heads ( best picked in sunshine!)

2 ½ pints (1.4 litres) boiling water

4lbs (1.8kg) white sugar

2½ oz (70g) citric acid (available from the chemist)

2 lemons sliced

How to make Elderflower cordial

Place all the above ingredients in a large bowl cover and leave for five days, stirring morning and evening.

Strain through muslin or a tea towel and pour into sterilised bottles ( I usually use screw top wine bottles).

Store in a cool dark place. Once a bottle is opened store in the fridge.

4 thoughts on “Elderflower Cordial

  1. Love the blog and can’t wait to try the cordial as I love the one that you make 🙂
    Once it’s bottled can you use it straight away?! X

    • Thanks Cat, yes you can use it straight away. Once you have opened a bottle store it in the fridge. I keep unopened bottles in a cool dark place and they last the year. Perfect drink for this hot weather, I serve it with a lot of ice!

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