Elderflower Cordial Recipe

We’ve been doing some beginner level foraging this Spring/Summer and couldn’t

help but try out a family elderflower cordial recipe once the trees were in full bloom!

Take a peak at our recipe below, but first, here are some tips…

How to spot elderflower

Be sure to choose elderflower and not hogweed, which are poisonous if ingested.

Elderflower grows on trees surrounded by thin, pointy spike edged leaves and hogweed sprouts up from the ground.

Make sure your elderflower is ready for picking and the flowers are light, open and not browning or still buds.

The best time to pick is on a warm morning when the flowers have not long opened up.

Elderflower Tips

Use fresh elderflower sprigs.

Pick only when you’re ready to make!

Forage responsibly.

Don’t pick too many elderflower sprigs from one area.

Pick from clean areas.

Forage away from roads and pick rural elderflowers.

Shake off any bugs!

Bug free elderflowers are best.

Emily’s Elderflower Cordial Recipe

This elderflower cordial is a family recipe of Emily’s (content creator for The Beeswax Wrap Co.)

It’s fresh, summery and full of lemon zest! Perfect as a stand alone cordial with ice cold water

or as presse paired with sparkling water or lemonade with a slice of fresh lemon, yum!

This recipe makes around 2-2.5 litres of cordial.

What You’ll Need

  • 15 large (size of your palm) or 30 small sprigs of elderflower.
  • 2 lemons
  • 1kg sugar
  • 2.5 litres of water
  • 50g citric acid
  • Two large pots, a muslin, sieve, measuring jug, spoon and knife

How Long It Takes

  • 5-10 mins prep time
  • Infused overnight
  • 15-20 mins total boiling time


  1. Check the elderflower sprigs for bugs and insects. Don’t wash or rinse them (you’ll get rid of all the elderflower goodness!) but shake off or remove bugs gently.
  2. Chop the lemons into slices.
  3. Add the lemons, the elderflower sprigs and the citric acid into one big pot – big enough to hold 2.5 litres of water.

First Boil

  1. Add the 2.5 litres of water to the pot and place over a hob.
  2. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the mixture reaches boiling point, remove from the heat.
  4. Cover the mixture once cooled with a wax wrap or cloth and leave overnight.

Strain & Second Boil

  1. Grab your second pot, sieve and muslin.
  2. Place the muslin over the sieve and strain the infused mixture through it, into the second pot.
  3. Squeeze through any remaining mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Place the pot back on top of the hob and add the 1kg sugar.
  5. Bring the boil a second time, stirring frequently to ensure the sugar dissolves.
  6. Once at boiling point, turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.

Bottle Whilst It’s Hot

  1. Once simmered, pour into glass bottles.
  2. Bottling whilst hot ensures the lid seals as the liquid cools.
  3. And voila, you have an elderflower cordial! The cordial will keep in the fridge for several months and is a key ingredient for other yummy recipes such as cakes and doughnuts and scrummy with lemonade.

Watch The Recipe In Action

Cordial can be used in many other yummy recipes. Such as cakes, ice cream and lollies and even doughnuts!

And you could use our wax wraps for covering, piping and surface saving in all these makes and bakes.

Check Back For Our Pear & Elderflower Doughnut Recipe Soon!