How to make elderflower cordial

  • Yield : 2L
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 7:00 h


There are hundreds of recipes out there for this, from the exotic with the addition of rhubarbs, oranges, limes, etc. to the old fashioned with only sugar and lemons. I prefer the old way as I want to enjoy the elder to the max! Mix the cordial with vodka and you’re good to go! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I learned to pick elderflowers from my Russian colleague and friend and I usually tease her that she’s more Swedish than the Swedes. The time to pick them is after midsummer, at the end of June.

We had picked alot of flowers so we ended up with 15L of cordial. I always say that if you’re going to do something, do it to the MAX!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

The proportions given here were out of necessity rathan than proven trial and error. I lost my recipe from last year’s harvest and we didn’t have enough lemons or citric acid. Was a bit short on the sugar as well. I guess we didn’t plan to make 15L of elderflower cordial! ๐Ÿ˜€

See also the recipe for elderflower wine


  • 30 elderflowers
  • 1.5kg sugar
  • 1.5L boiling water
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 30g citric acid (citronsyra in Swedish)


Step 1

Lightly wash the flowers ensuring they're bug-free

Step 2

Use a 3L pot and bring the water to a boil.

Step 3

Dissolve the sugar and citric acid in the boiling water. Remove from the heat source.

Step 4

Add the flowers and lemon slices to the container.

Step 5

Mix well, cover with a dish towel and allow the flowers to steep for 3 days at room temperature.

Step 6

After 3 days, sieve the cordial and discard the flowers and lemons. This recipe will give you about 2L of cordial

Step 7

Keep in plastic bottles or containers in the freezer. Will keep for 1 year until the next harvest! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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