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4.8 from 5 votes

Elderflower Cordial

The quintessential English summer drink.
Servings: 12
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins


  • 20 heads of elderflower
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1.5 L water
  • 4 lemons - or 2 lemons and 2 oranges
  • 55 g citric acid
  • Campden tablets to preserve your cordial


  • Pick your elderflower heads and give them a very good shake as they will be full of bugs.   Place in a bowl, slice the lemons (or oranges) and add to the elderflower blooms.
Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
Serving: 12servings | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Drink, Drinks
Cuisine: Drink, Traditional British
Keyword: Elderflower Cordial