Elderflower Cordial

Anya Jensen29th June 2017

One thing I adore about Summer is the amazing smell from the Elderflower trees. The scent is almost intoxicating and perfumey and so is the flavour. I always wanted to make elderflower cordial, so I gave it a go with a recipe my Grandmother once gave me. It is very hyggeligt to gather things in nature and then create something tasty and yummy afterwards:

25-30 elderflower heads – stalks trimmed
600 g of sugar
2 tablespoons of food safe Citric Acid (available from the Chemist)
2 Organic lemons
2 liters of water

This is how you do:


  • Pick 25 – 30 elderflowers – make sure they are in full bloom, no brown bits.
  • Get a large saucepan ready with 2 liters of cold fresh water.
  • Trim the elderflower, the smaller the better, stalks make it bitter.
  • Give them a quick rinse to get rid of dirt and bugs.
  • Cut your lemons into slices, and squeeze the remaining lemon into the saucepan.
  • Pop the sugar and Citric acid into the saucepan, and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Put the elderflower, and lemons into the saucepan.
  • Leave in the fridge for 24 hours.
  • Sieve through a clean tea towel – do not press the elderflower through as it will turn the cordial cloudy.
  • Put into clean sterilized bottles and put in the fridge.
  • Or even better – freeze into ice cube trays and freeze – ready for a hot summers day.
  • The Elderflower cordial will keep for up to 5 weeks in the fridge.


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