Elderflower Cordial Day

The elderflowers are in full bloom and free all around the country-side.  It was from Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe cookbook that I started making use of elderflowers this time last year.  I think she must be the most enthusiastic ambassador for elderflowers in the country!  The lemonade it so refreshing and fragrant.  I love it and am sharing the afternoon I spent making it.

The Elderflower trees across the meadow

One sister & a step-ladder

We took as many as we could reach to try out a few recipes – elderflower cordial, sorbet, lemon curd & a sparkling elderflower drink.

Elderflowers in full bloom

Plucked elderflower heads

We then set about making a large quantity to make the most of the narrow window we have.  Zesting & juicing 40+ lemons:

The lemon zesters!

And boiling the elderflowers in a stock syrup for 5 minutes:

Simmering elderflowers

Leaving to infuse overnight:

Murky elderflower infusion

And finally bottling – later drinking.  This can be diluted 50:50 or lighter depending on your taste.

Bottled elderflower cordial


600ml / 1 pint water

175g sugar

6 edlerflower heads

Juice & zest of 2 lemons

Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat.  Add the elderflower heads and bring to the boil – simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice.  Cover and allow to infuse overnight.  Strain with a fine sieve or strainer and muslin into screw-cap bottles.  Dilute and drink as required.


One response to this post.

  1. I believe we have elderflower growing on our property. I will have to go and investigate and perhaps do something with it.


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