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Elderflower cordial

Today we hit the hedgerows picked some elderflower heads to make cordial. This cordial is great, it tastes like the expensive stuff but is really easy and beautiful to make. How often do you get to make a flower soup!

Homemade elderflower cordial

We used 20 fresh elderflower heads, 8 unwaxed lemons, 2.5kg granulated sugar, 2.5 pints of water. Lots of recipes call for citric acid, but we don’t have any (who does!) – In our experience extra lemon works really well to balance the sweetness of the elderflower and sugar and strangely doesn’t make it taste too lemony.

What to do with Elderflowers

Zest the lemons and cut them into slices.

Making elderflower cordial

Making elderflower cordial

Gently heat the sugar in the water until it has dissolved then boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add the lemon slices and washed elderflowers. Put the lid on and leave for 24 hours to infuse.

How to make elderflower cordial

The strain the mixture through a muslin bag into clean sterilised bottles. If the cordial is too sweet for your taste you will need to add some more lemon juice. Sometimes we need to and other times it’s ok – I think it depends on your elderflowers.

We use small plastic water bottles to store the cordial so that we can freeze them to use throughout the year.

How to make elderflower cordial

Just like the posh stuff! Jane

2 Responses to Elderflower cordial

  1. Greenfingers says:

    Beautiful. There are so many elderflowers out at the moment. I will have to try it.

    • admin says:

      Yes I would definitely recommend it. The recipe makes enough elderflower cordial for a year for us – excellent value! Jane

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