Fifi's Easy Elderflower Cordial

Course: Main

Servings: 2 litres

Prep Time: 30 minutes

  • elderflower heads - 25
  • unwaxed lemons - 3
  • orange - 1
  • sugar - 1 kg
  • water - 1.5 litres
  1. Fifi's Easy Elderflower CordialCheck the elderflowers and remove any insects. Pull off the tiny flowers roughly from the heads into a large bowl using a fork or your fingers.
  2. Fifi's Easy Elderflower CordialAdd the zest and juice of the orange and lemons.
  3. Pour 1.5 litres of boiling water into a pan and add the sugar. Stir until dissolved, heating gently if necessary. Leave to cool a little.
  4. Fifi's Easy Elderflower CordialPour the sugar syrup over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover with a muslin cloth or clean tea towel and leave to infuse overnight.
  5. Fifi's Easy Elderflower CordialStrain the liquid through the scalded muslin or tea towel and pour into sterilised bottles.
  6. Fifi's Easy Elderflower CordialTo serve, dilute the cordial to taste with still or fizzy water and serve over ice with a slice or two of lemon or a sprig of mint. It can be added to cloudy lemonade to make a non-alcoholic elderflower fizz.

You can use whole elderflower heads but apparently the stems can be a little bitter.With thanks to Fiona Cope from Hillswick for the recipe and photographs.