Simple Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Elderflower Cordial.

One of the most popular ways of using elderflower heads is by making them into an elderflower cordial. The elderflower cordial can be drunk with still or sparkling water, added to an elderflower gin cocktail, made into aromatic icing, or used in these Elderflower and Lemon Cupcakes.

The whitish elderflowers decorate the summer landscape and spread out their scents. When walking by an elder tree (Sambucus nigra), you will immediately smell the flowers, even from distance. Elderflowers can be foraged in June and July and can be used in a variety of ways.

Follow this easy elderflower cordial recipe and enjoy the taste of summer.

Elderflower Cordial

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Steeping 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 portion


  • 20 elderflower heads
  • 2 lemons, unsprayed and sliced
  • 3 cups (600 grams) sugar
  • 5 cups (2 liters) water


  • Remove any insects from the elderflower heads and cut off the stems. Place the elderflower heads in a large bowl.
  • Place lemon slices, sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Pour the hot liquid over the elderflower heads and cover with a lid. Let it infuse for 12 hours on the kitchen counter.
  • Strain the liquid and pour it into sterilized bottles. The elderflower cordial will keep for 30-40 days in the fridge.
Keyword drinks, elderflower, lemon, summer
elderflower heads
Elderflower heads.
Elderflower cordial steeping
Elderflower cordial steeping.

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