There are lots of elderflowers blooming at the moment. Grab a bag and have fun picking. This cordial is refreshing served with sparkling water, mint and sliced lemons or add it to your summer cocktails,it works well with gin . The cordial also tastes delicious added to a rhubarb fool (see ginger layer cake with rhubarb fool recipe)


20 heads of elderflower
1.8kg sugar
1.2 litres water
2 unwaxed lemons
75g citric acid


Shake the elderflowers to get rid of any lingering insects, and then place in a large bowl.Put the sugar into a pan, with the water and bring up to the boil stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. While the sugar syrup is heating, peel the zest of the lemons off in wide strips and toss into the bowl with the elderflowers. Slice the lemons, discard the ends, and add the slices to the bowl. Pour over the boiling syrup, and then stir in the citric acid. Cover with a cloth and then leave at room temperature for 24 hours. The next day strain the cordial through a sieve lined with muslin and pour into thoroughly cleaned glasses or plastic bottles.

One Comment
  • CHRISTINE BLAIR-MURRAY June 15, 2011 at 14:06

    How much does this make? I would like to know how many bottles to sterlise.