Elderberry cordial

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  • 60 minutes
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This elderberry cordial recipe is one of the best ways to make the most of elderberries, which are in season between August and October. Top it up with sparkling water for a refreshing drink or use it as a base for cocktails, such as this Elderberry Kir Royale.

First published in 2018
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Elderberry cordial

  • 500g of elderberries
  • 500g of water
  • 350g of caster sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, rind plus 1tbsp lemon juice


  • Muslin cloth


Remove the berries from the stems using a fork then wash them, removing any bits of stalk or leaf
Drain the berries and place in a pan along with the lemon rind. Cover with the water and simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes, until the berries have broken down. Skim away any scum that appears on the surface
Strain the juice through a colander lined with muslin cloth set over a bowl. Gently press the berries to extract as much juice as possible
Return the juice to the pan and add the sugar and lemon juice. Gently heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved
Taste and add more sugar or lemon juice to your taste
Decant into a sterilised bottle and seal
First published in 2018

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