Elderflower Cordial with Bubbly Wine

Bright and delicate floral flavours and light citrus notes make this one of our favourite cordials. Pick fresh elderflowers during spring, allowing them to steep in the cordial over a few days to extract the vibrant flavours from the blooms. Elderflower cordial is beautiful with sparkling wine, gin, tequila, or vodka. You can also add a dash of cordial to elevate a variety of desserts.

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 3 days
Serves: 1 litre of cordial


  • ½ lb fresh elderflowers
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 kg cane sugar
  • 1 litre water


Remove the stems from each flower by snipping them off with scissors. Place the flower heads in a bowl large enough to contain all ingredients. Add lemon juice to the flowers.

Bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring from time to time to help the sugar dissolve, then let the syrup cool to room temperature.

Pour the syrup over the flowers, cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap, and store in the fridge for 3 days.

When ready, strain the syrup through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a large mason jar. Store in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.

This Elderflower Syrup gives floral highlights to sparkling white wine cocktails and also pairs nicely with the juniper flavour of gin.

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