Elderflowerpower cordial

with a rose petal variation

  • 1.5L Water
  • 1kg Sugar
  • 20 heads of Elderflower (Sambucus nigra; this should be enough to fill a small colander)
  • optional: 2 handfuls of scented rose petals (don't use shop bought ones - these will be sprayed.
  • 30g Citric acid
  • 2 zested & juiced lemons



In a large saucepan, bring 1.5 litres of water to boil.

Add 1kg of sugar, stir in to dissolve, then bring to a gentle simmer gently and for 5-10 minutes until you have a thickened syrupy consistency.

Take the syrup off the heat. Add the elderflowers* (and rose petals if using,  lemon juice/zest and/or citric acid. Cover with a muslin cloth to keep bugs out.

Leave for 1-3 days, stirring every day to infuse the flavours to desired strength. Strain out the plant material and pour into sterilised** bottles.

Alternatively, pour into ice-cube trays and store in the freezer.

To use:

Use a ratio of 1:4 or 1:5 syrup to fizzy water, or add a splash to champagne. If using ice cubes - add a cube or two to each glass.


Elderflower cordial


*Use a fork to remove the elderflowers from the stems (you don't have to do this, but the stems are bitter, so this is a good tip for  maximum taste). DO NOT wash the flowers, as this will wash away the tasty pollen. Put the flowers aside.

**To sterilise bottles: Use baby bottle sterilising fluid as per the instructions. OR wash bottles in hot soapy water. Rinse. Place wet glass bottles on a baking tray and bake at 150 degrees Celsius until dry. Sterilise lids separately or they may melt.