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Elderflower cordial – the taste of summer!

Elderflower Season

Last year I made elderflower cordial for the first time and was so thrilled with the results that I shared it with you on Sow and So as soon as I possibly could.

However, the elderflower season is fairly short and I was conscious of the fact that by the time I’d made a batch and blogged about it, it was likely you would’ve missed the fleeting elderflower boat.

So this year, armed with the knowledge and some experience, I’m going to be much quicker off the mark with the recipe in order for you to enjoy the true taste of summer with me!

One thing to bear in mind is that you mustn’t rinse the flower heads before use. This is because the water will wash away their delicate flavour.

Making elderflower cordial

Recipe for Elderflower Cordial;



  • 25 elderflower heads
  • Zest of three unwaxed lemons and one unwaxed orange (plus their juice)
  • 1kg sugar


  • Place the flowerheads in a bowl with the fruit zest and the juice
  • Bring 1.5 litres of water to the boil and pour over the elderflower mix
  • Cover and leave to infuse overnight
  • Strain into a large pan and add the sugar
  • Heat gently to dissolve the sugar then bring to the boil and simmer for two or three minutes
  • Using a funnel, pour the hot liquid into glass bottles and seal
  • Refrigerate when cool and use within a month (or can be decanted into plastic bottles and frozen)

For a refreshing summer drink, dilute with water and serve chilled with a sprig of mint.

Have fun and ENJOY!

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