Elderflower cordial

Stefan Gates elderflower cordial is bound to refresh you on a hot summer's day
By Stefan Gates
Elderflower cordial
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  • Serves: makes 5 litres
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 3 days to infuse
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 large carrier bag elderflowers
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 litres water
  • 2x1/4 kg sugar
  • 3 tbsp citric acid, (if you cannot find citric acid, simply double the amount of lemons)


1. Sift through the elderflowers and discard anything too scraggy or greenfly-ridden. Strip off any extraneous leaves or twigs.

2. Put them in a large pan or bucket and squeeze the juice of the lemons over them. Throw the skins of the lemon into the bucket for good measure.

3. Pour in 3 litres of cold water (or enough to cover the flowers), put a lid on the pan and leave somewhere cool for 3 days. Give it a stir just once or twice a day.

4. Strain the water through a clean muslin or tea towel into a pan and roughly measure it. Add a tablespoon of citric acid and 750g sugar for each litre.

5. Heat the pan gently and stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Let it boil for 1 minute, then leave to cool.

6. Pour the liquid into sterilized bottles - it will keep in them for up to a month. If you want to freeze your cordial, use plastic bottles.

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