Elderflower cordial (concentrate).


Elderflower has been proven to have antibacterial and antiviral properties it can also help alleviate some allergies and boost the immune system. Although this cordial isn’t exactly healthy due to the amount of sugar it contains ( you can tweak this) it is a lovely refreshing taste of Summer.

This recipe makes a concentrate and can be diluted with fizzy or still water, add some mint and ice and it is a tough one to beat.


This recipe will make enough to make approximately 15 litres of diluted cordial.


20 creamy white elderflower heads (avoid any brown ones).

1.5kg sugar

1.2 litres water

75g citric acid (food grade).

2 unwaxed lemons.

  1. Place the sugar and water in a large saucepan, heat whilst stirring (to avoid sugar catching and burning) until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the zest ( avoiding the pith) of both lemons to the sugar mixture then cut the remaining pith from the lemons and chop the lemon flesh and add to the pan. Stir well and take off the heat.
  3. Add the citric acid and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add the elderflower and stir well.


5. Cover with a lid or clean tea towel and leave for all the flavours to infuse.

6. After 24 hours pour through a sieve or colander lined with muslin and then decant into clean glass bottles to store in the fridge. It can also be frozen in suitable containers.


Delicious and refreshing. Enjoy.



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