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Wild Elderflower Cordial

Makes about 2 litres


  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Zest and juice of 3 lemons and 1 orange
  • 1 kg sugar* see note below
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid optional


  • Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
  • Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
  • Strain the liquid through a muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid.
  • Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into bottles. Leave to cool then store in the refrigerator.


With citric acid, the wild elderflower cordial will last for 3-4 months in the fridge. Without citric acid, it will last 3-4 weeks in the fridge.
* For a seriously golden cordial, use unrefined golden caster sugar.