How to make elderflower cordial

How to make elderflower cordial

Most elderflower recipes use elderflower cordial as a quick and easy way of introducing the flower's distinctive flavour. Homemade cordials taste very different to shop-bought varieties and it is definitely worth making your own.

Place the elderflower heads and lemon rinds in a large bowl
Boil the water and pour over the elderflower, cover and infuse overnight
Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or preferably a piece of muslin
Bring the liquid to the boil with the sugar, citric acid and lemon juice and boil for 2 minutes
Allow to cool before decanting into sterilised bottles


The cordial will keep for up to a month in the fridge and freezes well. It can be used for a variety of desserts such as Geoffrey Smeddle's summer fruits in elderflower jelly or Dominic Chapman's strawberry jelly with elderflower cream and strawberry sorbet. Elderflower cordial is also great in summer cocktails – try Adam Gray's From Russia with love.

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