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Our Favourite Homemade Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower gives off a unique and specific flavouring to cordials that is both delicious and refreshing. Elderflower cordial is the perfect drink on a hot summers day but can equally be enjoyed all year round. Luckily, it’s also easy to make from home- plus it tastes better than the kind found in shops, not to mention a fraction of the price! We’ve put together our favourite homemade elderflower cordial recipe that is both easy to follow and quick to make. If you’re in need of any of the equipment mentioned, we can help! To make 4.5 litres or 8 pints of elderflower cordial you will need:


Alternatively, you can purchase the elderflower cordial kit here.


  • 1kg citric acid
  • 4kg sugar
  • 6 lemons
  • 6 pints of boiling water
  • 60 large elderflower heads


You should pick your elderflower on a hot day and ensure you only choose the most fragrant, creamy-white flower heads. Elderflower with a yellow head is likely to be old and will have a bad aroma. We’d advise using our flower and fruit scissors for picking. Remember to shake the heads of the elderflower once they’ve been picked to remove any insects inside.

  • Put the 4kg sugar and 1kg of citric acid into your 27.5litre bucket
  • Boil 6 pints of water and pour directly onto the ingredients within the bucket.
  • Stir mixture well with a plastic spoon until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Add the juice and skin of six lemons as well as the elderflower heads and stir again. (Remember to add as little elderflower stalk as possible.)
  • Put the lid of the bucket on to prevent contamination and insects from getting in. Leave the mixture to infuse for around five days, ensuring it is stirred daily.
  • After five days you can use a funnel to strain the cordial through a filter bag and into the clean 27.5 litre bucket.
  • Using the same funnel, carefully pour your cordial into sterilised bottles. Your cordial can be left in a refrigerator for up to a month.

Elderflower cordial can be used in a number of cocktails, mocktails, ciders and more to create new and delicious flavours that can be enjoyed all year round. For more information, you can get in touch with the team by calling us on 01404 890093 or by visiting our contact page We’d love to see your elderflower cordial creations, so make sure to send us your pictures on Facebook or Twitter!

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