Elderflower vinegar

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This elderflower vinegar recipe is one of the simplest and easiest ways to preserve the flavour of elderflowers – but the fresh, zingy and floral flavour can transform all sorts of dishes. Ensure your flowers are free of dirt and that your jars are sterilised to ensure this vinegar lasts the whole year.

First published in 2019
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This easy vinegar recipe is a wonderful way to preserve this abundant spring flower, which tends to appear from mid-May to the end of June. Make up a large batch and it can be used year-round until the next season arrives. The vinegar is great for pickling vegetables, whisking into salad dressings, or even add a dash to your next gin and tonic for a tart finish.





  • Muslin cloth
  • Sterilised 500ml jar


Inspect the elderflowers for any bugs, dead flowers or spider webs and remove
Place in a sterilised jar and cover with vinegar. Leave in a cool dark place to infuse for 2 weeks
Strain through muslin cloth and bottle the vinegar (or return to the cleaned jar). It will last indefinitely
First published in 2019

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