Elderflower cordial

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Serves: 20

By TeaSleepFood

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  • 600g sugar approx

  • 1 orange zested

  • 2 lemons zested and juiced

  • 20 elderberry blossom heads (no brown blossoms)


  1. Shake the elderflower to remove any insects.
  2. Place in a large bowl along with the orange zest and lemon zest.
  3. Pour on water that has been allowed to cool for a minute after boiling - it should be enough to comfortably cover the flowers.
  4. Leave to infuse for at least four hours or overnight.
  5. Strain though some muslin or a clean teatowel into a measuring jug and then place in a large saucepan.
  6. For every 500ml of fluid add 250-300g of sugar and 50ml of lemon juice to the pan.
  7. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes and allow to cool.
  8. Re-strain into preferably sterilised bottles - old plastic water ones are fine.
  9. Keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge, but you can freeze easily in plastic bottles.

Handy Hint

Good wine substitute when mixed with fizzy water - very sauvignon blanc.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Drink

  • Summer

  • Low fat

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

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  • ppeatfruit 12/06/13 12:00

    I have just made this but used fructose and citric acid also boiled it all with filtered water for about 5 mins. Its lovely!!! You have to pick the flowers when you see them though (the season is a short one).

  • BeyondTheLimitsOfAcceptability 10/06/13 18:30

    Love it! I love elderflower cordial but it is always ridiculously expensive. Off to google what an elderflower actually looks like... [grin]

  • Surreyyummymummy 06/06/13 23:03

    I freeze Elderflower Cordial in ice cube trays, it's then the perfect quantity to pop in a glass of water - tap, sparkling or still, all delicious.