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How to make the perfect elderflower cordial: cook's tips

  • Avoid picking elderflower along busy roads, as the flowers will absorb the traffic fumes. Forage elderflower during the day in open, green spaces – opt for flowers that are higher up, where they are less likely to have been touched by dogs or foxes.
  • Do not rinse the elderflower when cleaning – doing so will remove the pollen and lessen the flavour.


  • 80g elderflowers
  • 375g granulated sugar
  • 4 strips of lemon peel, plus 25ml lemon juice
  • 4g citric acid


  • STEP 1

    Remove any bugs or other impurities from the elderflowers by hand. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Pour 750ml of boiling water from the kettle over the sugar in a large, deep saucepan, then stir to dissolve. Cool slightly before adding the elderflower, lemon peel and juice, and the citric acid. Stir gently, then cover with the lid and leave to infuse for at least 12 hrs, or up to 24 hrs.

  • STEP 3

    Line a fine mesh sieve with muslin cloth and sit it over a large bowl. Pour over the cordial mixture, discarding any solids. Pour the cordial into a 1.5-litre sterilised bottle using a funnel. Keeps chilled for up to four weeks.

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