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Elderflower cordial

Home made syrup for the most refreshing drink
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Macerating 1 d
Total Time 1 d 30 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 5 l


  • 4 l water
  • 60 large elderflowers
  • 2,8 kg sugar I use 2 kg white and 0,8 kg brown
  • 45 g (3 tbsp) citric acid


  • Mix the water and sugar in a wide pot and heat up on a gentle heat until all the sugar dissolves.
  • Set aside and let cool until tepid.
  • Stir in the citric acid and place the elder flowers, submerging them completely. If necessary divide it into two pots. Cover and let macerate for 24 h.
  • Drain the syrup through a colander lined with a kitchen towel. This type of double filtration ensures no dirt enters the syrup.
  • Pour into sterilized bottles. Store into a cool place like a basement for up to a year. The opened syrup should be stored in the fridge.
  • For the juice, pour 30 ml (2 tbsp) into a 300 ml glass and add water.
    For a summer cocktail pour 30 ml (2 tbsp) into a 300 ml glass, add a shot (40 ml) of vodka, ice and then top with sparkling water. Add couple of mint leaves or some lemon/lime zest.