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Elderflower cordial recipe
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Elderflower Cordial

What could be more English than a glass of  homemade elderflower cordial, drunk in an English garden? This delicious, floral drink is the perfect non-alcoholic choice for sunny days – you can even use pink elderflower for a delicate coloured drink. Making the cordial at home allows you to adjust the sugar to your taste. This elderflower cordial recipe uses Campden tablets to preserve some of the batch, so you can keep your cordial all year long. 
Servings: 50 glasses
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Infusing Time1 d
Total Time1 d 20 mins


  • 20 heads of elderflower - 160-200g
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1.5 lt water
  • 4 lemons - sliced, or 2 lemons and 2 oranges
  • 55 g citric acid - if used - see notes
  • Campden tablets


  • Pick the elderflowers. Pick away from busy roads, and with the permission of the landowner. The best time to pick is early in the morning, when the flowers are at their most fragrant.
  • Place the sugar and water in a pan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the citric acid and stir to dissolve this too. 
  • Pour the sugar syrup over the elderflower and sliced citrus fruit. Leave for between 24 and 48 hours.
  •  Strain through a layer of cheesecloth, muslin or kitchen paper in a sieve, or use a jelly bag.   
  • Sterilise your glass bottles. Place them in a cold oven and turn the temperature to 150°C / 300°F / GM 2. Then, after 15 minutes, turn the oven off and allow the bottles to cool.
  • Fill the bottles with cordial.

To Preserve Your Cordial

  • To preserve your elderflower cordial, add one Campden tablets per gallon of cordial. Dissolve one tablet in 60 ml (4 tablespoons) of boiling water. Add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) to each 70 cl wine bottle bottle of cordial. Then cap and shake.
  • Alternatively, keep the cordial in plastic bottles filled nearly full, and freeze.


You can make this cordial without citric acid by adding extra lemon juice.  Add the juice of 2 or 3 lemons (according to taste) to the sugar syrup. 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Serving: 1servings | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg