From Flower to Refreshing Drink: a step-by-step guide on how to make Elderflower Cordial

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Did you enjoy our Gorse Cordial? Then try out this refreshing recipe, featuring Elderflowers

With the warm weather seemingly sticking around, we continue our series of foraging recipes with another flower that truly blossoms in June: Elderflowers.

Elderflowers, which grow from Elder trees, provide a vibrant and fragrent aroma, especially in the early summer, making it the perfect ingredient to make use of next.

As we will be foraging for this plant once again, be sure to heed the advice of last weeks guide, by being courtious of were you pick the flowers from as well as making sure the flowers themselves are not contaminated in any way. Another useful tip is to smell the flowers themselves. If they do not give off a refreshing aroma then skip over them and look for a fresher batch.

Now that we know what to to prepare for while foraging, here is what you will need to produce some fantastic Elderflower Cordial.


  • Around 20 large elderflower blossoms (make sure to shake them to remove any insects)

  • 4 lemons

  • 2 ½kg of white sugar

  • 85 grams of citric acid

  • 1.5 litres of water

Now that we have what we need. Here is what we need to do to produce our Elderflower Cordial.

Step 1

Pour the sugar and water into a large saucepan. Gently heat, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved, stirring regularly. Give it a stir every now and again.

Step 2

Trim away the zest from the lemons using a zester or potato peeler. Once this is done, slice the lemons into rounds.

Step 3

Once the sugar in the saucepan has dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil, then turn off the heat.

Step 4

Fill up bowl with cold water. Use this to clean the Elderflowers to loosen and remove any dirt or insects that may remain on the plants.

Step 5

Once the flowers are clean, add them to the mixture as well as the lemons, zest and citric acid. Once the ingredients are added, stir well. Cover the pan and leave the ingredients to infuse for around 24 hours.

Step 6

Once it has cooled, strain the liquid into a bottle or jar and store your cordial in the fridge.

And thats it. Your Elderflower Cordial is good to go, ready to serve for up to six weeks. If you are planning on enjoying the summer weather or holding a garden party? Then be sure to have some Elderflower Cordial at the ready.

For more recipes like this one, check out the recipes section on the taste magazine website and stay tuned for more. If you missed our Gorse Cordial recipe, be sure to check that out as well. Don't forget to let us know how you got on making the drink in the comments below.

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