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.
Use fresh elderflower sprigs.
Pick only when you’re ready to make!
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