The elderflower cordial. Isn't it pretty?

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower cordial or syrup is so versatile. Add it to cocktails or make a refreshing non-alcoholic drink or make an elderflower sorbet. Follow this easy recipe to make your own. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Keyword elderflower, elderflower syrup, non-alcoholic drink
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Author breadbakerdanielle


  • 15-20 Elderflower heads Pink or white
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 large lemon sliced
  • 1 kilo granulated sugar


  • Make sure you have no bugs in the flowers. Give them a good shake. Place them in a large bowl with the sliced lemon
  • Boil the water and pour over the flowers. Leave overnight.
  • Remove the sliced lemon and set aside. You'll be using the slices. 
  • Remove the flowers and discard.
  • Strain the liquid through a jelly bag placed in a sieve if you have one or kitchen paper.
  • Place the sugar in a large saucepan. Add the liquid and the sliced lemon.
    Soak the elderflowers overnight
  • Heat slowly at first to dissolve the sugar.
  • Let the mixture come to the boil and boil for ten minutes.
  • Keep in a cool place or the fridge and use diluted in drinks and desserts. Try to use within one month.
    The filtered elderflower juice - what an amazing colour


Remember to pick your elderflowers well away from traffic or pollution.
Ideally you'll need a jelly bag to strain the cordial, or use kitchen paper in a sieve. 
If possible, store in the fridge, it last much better.