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elderflower cordial

Homemade Elderflower Cordial

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  • Author: Tiffany La Forge
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: syrup, cordial


Homemade elderflower cordial is easy to make and delicious! Mix this syrup with your favorite beverage or use in desserts. It’s perfect paired in champagne, lemonade, cocktails, or just sparkling water for a refreshing drink.


  • 2 heaping cups elderflowers, stems removed (flowers only)
  • 1 quart water (4 cups)
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 lemon, zested + juiced
  • 1 blood orange, zested + juiced*
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid


  1. Shake the elderflower branches to remove any dust/insects. Pick off the flowers, removing the stems. Try to remove all of the stem (especially the thick parts). A few of the thin stems that hold the flowers won’t hurt, but they can be mildly toxic, especially in large quantities.
  2. Peel the lemon and orange zest with a peeler, being careful not to get any of the white pith. Then, juice both of them and combine the elderflowers, juice, and the citric acid in a large glass pitcher or bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a pot, combine the water, sugar, honey, and zest. Bring to a boil and dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, turn off and set aside. Cool mixture to luke warm. The syrup should be the temperature of a warm bath. Then, pour the syrup over the flowers, cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.
  4. Steep the mixture for 48-72 hours or until desired taste. Check after 48 hours. If it’s strong enough/to your liking, proceed to the next step. If not, infuse another day.
  5. Once infused, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth into sterilized mason jars. Keep the mixture in the fridge for up to 1 month. Enjoy!


*Blood oranges give this syrup a lovely color. If you can’t find them/they’re out of season, you can use any orange you’d like or another lemon instead.