Posted July 20, 2013 by Sam in Foodie Chat

Elderflower Cordial, Summer Picnic Party!

Elderflower cordial bottles glassElderflower, the smell & taste always reminds me of summer. Perfect for alfresco dining & picnics! So I thought that it would be ideal to join in the blog Summer Picnic Party that Hani & Beth have organised.

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Elderflower Cordial is also a brilliant ingredient to add that beautiful flavour to other things, cocktails, cookies, cakes etc

I’m lucky enough to have an elderberry tree in my garden so make things from the flowers & berries most years. They flower between May-July in the UK.

This is my recipe, I’ve tweaked it over the years & this years is the best ever! Sometimes the flower flavour can be overpowering but with the citrus notes this is balanced in total harmony for me.

Elderflower picked

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recipe here


Elderflower aboveElderflower Cordial


875g sugar (caster or granulated is fine)

25 elderflower heads

Zest of 3 lemons

Zest of 1 lime

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

45g citric acid (available from chemists or online)

1.3 litres of boiling water

Place the sugar in a large saucepan or heat resistant bowl. Pour the boiling water over and stir gently until all the sugar has melted.

Elderflower cut lemon

Add the zest & juice. Slice the remaining 2 lemons and add this too. Stir and add the citric acid. Lastly place in the elderflower heads* and gently stir through. Cover the bowl/pan with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere cool (not in the fridge) for 48 hours, try and remember to give it a stir after 24 hours.

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Next, strain through a sieve, I line mine with muslin to make sure the little bits don’t get in the cordial. Then pour into some sterilized bottles**. Seal and keep somewhere cool, it can keep for several months but I prefer to use mine within a month. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a week. Use as you would a cordial, dilute with water to taste. Or lemonade or tonic or add a drop of vodka for a kick!

Elderflower pouringElderflower juicing

Lemon & Elderflower biscuits* Give them a shake and remove any dead bits, insects etc. I don’t wash mine but they are from a tree in my garden so know where they’ve been!

** I sterilize my bottles and jars in the dishwasher or in the oven for 15 minutes on a medium heat.

These are Lemon & Elderflower Sandwich Biscuits, recipe here https://www.samskitchen.net/?p=1269………..♥





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