Wellbeing 15/05/2018

How to make elderflower cordial – easy & refreshing summer in a bottle!

Find out how to make elderflower cordial on Chalk & Moss (chalkandmoss.com). Elderflower cordial is one of the big joys of spring! So easy to make, and so satisfying to drink! Follow this simple recipe on ChalkandMoss.com

If you’re wondering how to make elderflower cordial, then read on. Here’s a very simple yet deliciously refreshing recipe.

Elderflower cordial is a wonderful spring and summer drink. Mix it with your choice of water or sparking water, or jazz it up your gin & tonic, prosecco and champagne with a splash or cordial added!

Cycling down our road today, I was so happy to see that elderflower is finally in bloom! And believe me, I’ve checked daily.

One little flower holds such strong memories and promises of the summer to come, with gathering of friends for al fresco dining and laughter. Along with wild garlic, sloes and blackberries, it’s one of the best and easiest things to forage. Not to mention how good you’ll feel being out in nature, picking its wares. I’d say it’s a mindfulness practise. And elderflower cordial so incredibly easy to make, it’s a wonder more people don’t do it!

There was just one single elderflower head in bloom today, so I’ll have to wait a few more days before I can make my annual batch. So I’ll add more images then! In the meantime, I’ll just include images of the beauty I found today.

Beautiful, delicate and sweet smelling. The elderflower, beautiful made into a cordial or wine. Mix it with water, sparking water or make a gorgeous gin and tonic. Chalk & Moss has a simple recipe!


How to make elderflower cordial

This recipe makes about 3 litres. You can of course adjust to make a smaller batch. You want to catch the flowers young, when they’ve just bloomed. If they’ve gone a bit dry and yellow with flowers falling off easily, the cordial won’t taste as fresh.

You’ll need:

  • 40-50 elderflower heads
  • 3-4 large unwaxed lemons
  • 2 litres water (ideally filtered)
  • 2kg sugar (you may prefer less sugar, taste your way to your perfect recipe!)
  • 30g citric acid (sold in many chemists)

Then do this:

  1. pick the freshest elderflower heads
  2. get rid of any creepy crawlies
  3. place the elderflowers in a large saucepan that can fit at least 7 litres
  4. scrub the lemons well, then slice them thinly and add to the elderflowers
  5. boil the water, then stir in sugar and citric acid. When the sugar has dissolved, add the mix to the elderflowers and lemons. Put the lid on the pan.
  6. leave this, ideally in a cool place, for 3-4 days
  7. sterilise your bottles or containers by rinsing with neat alcohol (e.g. vodka or gin). You can rinse with boiling water, but it won’t be as effective so the cordial won’t last as long
  8. sieve the cordial into a bottle, bag or container
  9. add your favourite mixer, give bottles away, share with friends and enjoy your spring/summer!

As long as you’re careful to sterilise the bottle and fill it right to the top, the cordial will easily keep for a few months or even a year. You can also freeze it in bags or containers (next to your home-made wild garlic pesto!).

So there you have it, summer in a bottle! Never again will you need to wonder how to make elderflower cordial. Bookmark this page, and use it year in year out!

Hopefully in a few days, more heads will have opened and I can start making my own cordial for the year.

Any questions, please just let me know, and I’d love to hear how you get on. And if you’d like me to write how to make wild garlic pesto, just say YAY!

Chalk & Moss is a nature connected homeware shop and blog.

Just one little elderflower has found its way out today! In a few days, this tree will be full. Follow this simple recipe on Chalk & Moss to make your own elderflower cordial. It doesn't even need any cooking! Delicious with water, sparking later and beautiful in a gin and tonic!


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