Elderflower cordial recipe, made by Year 3 last week

Looking for a cheap and refreshing summer drink? Year 3 made some elderflower cordial last week. It is simple to make and tastes delicious!


Makes about 2 litres

  • About 25 of elderflower heads
  • 3 lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • 1kg of sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp of citric acid (optional)


  • Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl or pan.
  • Peel strips of zest from the orange and lemons (a potato peeler is good for this) before chopping the fruit into chunks and adding the zest and fruit to the elderflowers.
  • Add 1kg of sugar.
  • Pour 1.5 litres of boiling water over the elderflowers, zest, fruit and sugar. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
  • Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin.
  • Use a funnel to pour the syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

Dilute with water (still or sparkling).  Store in a cool dark place. Once opened, store in the fridge.