Homemade elderflower cordial

  • Makes approx three litres of cordial
  • Easy

Enjoy a fresh and fragrant drink with easy and delicious elderflower cordial recipe - the perfect summer drink.

Two glasses of elderflower cordial

The floral taste of this traditional syrup is great with water, but also complements pastries, cakes, ice-cream and champagne or prosecco.



  • Caster sugar 1.5kg
  • Boiled water 1.5 litre
  • Unwaxed lemons 3
  • Elderflower heads 20
  • Citric acid 80g, available from health food shops or chemists


  • Step 1

    Gently shake the elderflower heads to remove any insects (don’t rinse them, as it strips the pollen and flavour). Remove and leaves or stalks.

    Elderflower heads
  • Step 2

    Place the sugar into a saucepan, pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.

  • Step 3

    Grate the lemon rind, then slice the fruit and add to the pot. Add the citric acid and the elderflowers and stir.

  • Step 4

    Steep for 24–48 hours, then strain into sterilised bottles and store in a cool, dry place for up to a month or freeze.

    Elderflower cordial in bottle
  • Step 5

    Dilute with water to taste – fizzy water seems to create the perfect summer drink.