A sweet, tart and floral Elderflower Cordial recipe bursting with fresh flavor. This cordial recipe is super easy to make and versatile in its uses.
Looking for a way to make best use of elderflower season? Look no further! This elderflower cordial (aka elderflower syrup) has the taste of summer in a bottle.
What is a Cordial?
If you go on a search to learn more about cordials, you're likely to find yourself a bit confused about just what they are exactly. Some sources will consider them a syrup or liqueur, others—a water, soft drink or alcoholic beverage. So what is a cordial exactly? Traditionally, a cordial itself is a non-alcoholic syrup of sorts that is used to flavor both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike. It is concentrated in flavor and versatile in its uses.
Where to Find Fresh Elderflowers
Here is an excellent article from my friend Colleen over on Grow Forage Cook Ferment all about identifying and foraging for elderflower.
Otherwise, sometimes you can find fresh elderflower flower heads being sold at farmers' markets and also online. One of my favorite places to order fresh edible flowers online is Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.
Be certain to check elderflower heads for bugs before using them!
How to Use Elderflower Cordial
You can use elderflower cordial just as you would a flavored syrup. You can mix it with sparkling water for a refreshing beverage, or liquor for a fancy cocktail and serve it over ice, you can drizzle it over pancakes or ice cream, bake with it in your favorite cake and muffin recipes, you can make a salad vinaigrette by mixing it with olive oil or you can mix it with water or milk and then freeze in popsicles molds for a refreshing treat or make a sorbet. The possibilities are endless!
You can pour the strained, cooled cordial into any lidded vessel of your choice and then keep it stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (and possibly longer). It is highly acidic, so it stores well. So long as the cordial doesn't have any off-putting smells, it is likely just fine!
Honey: If you are vegan or prefer a different sweetener, you can certainly use something different. Agave syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cane sugar..it all works in this recipe.
Citric Acid: Use 3 tablespoons of vinegar of choice in place of the two tablespoons of citric acid, if need be.
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- ½ cup honey we like to use raw, unfiltered
- 2 cups boiling water heat on stovetop or water kettle, etc.
- 1 fresh lemon sliced
- 2 tablespoons citric acid
- 10 medium fresh elderflowers heads make sure the stems aren't attached as they are toxic!
- In a large pot or mixing bowl add the honey and boiling water. Stir until the honey dissolves.
- Add lemon slices, citric acid and elderflower heads. Give a good stir and then cover.
- Let it sit for at least 4 hours (or up to 2 days).
- Strain the cordial and let it cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge for up to two months.
Such an easy recipe to make; I substituted with granulated sugar since I didn't have honey on hand and it turned out great!
I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
What a unique way to use elderflower for a drink! I love the idea of using flowers in cooking.
This is one of the most beautiful recipes I have seen all day! Bookmarked to make this weekend, thank you so much for the recipe 🙂
That means a ton! Thank you! 🙂
Learned something, cordial does not mean alcohol and how easy it is to make. Can't wait to try this and make some Popsicles with it.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Elderflower cordial is extremely popular in Ireland. Thanks for a great recipe. I love to make elderberry cordial also.
Very neat! Thank you so much! 🙂
Jacqueline Meldrum says
I love elderflower cordial but never thought of making my own. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.
This elderflower cordial looks amazing! I love how easily it comes together and such wonderful flavors. Yum!
Thank you so much!!
Diana Reis says
So yummy, and so nice to have something a bit different.
I've never made cordial before, but this elderflower cordial recipe looks so good, I can't wait to try it. Thank you!
Suja MD says
I just love this and its was a big hit with everyone. And this was such a pleasing experience!
Amazing recipe! Love that it is refined sugar-free! My cordial is just cooling now, but I had a little lick of the spoon and it tastes amazing! Cannot wait to try it properly!
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
One of my favourite drinks in the summer but I've never made it. Can't wait to make it myself.
Just love using freshly picked elderflowers to make homemade cordial - this is a lovely recipe, just the right balance of sweetness. Thank you!
What a great cordial recipe! I used fresh Michigan maple syrup and my elderflower cordial turned out amazing!! Thank you for a great recipe.
This is simply delightful! I'll be making this on repeat!
Thank you so much! Very happy to hear. 🙂
Mandy Applegate says
I'll never buy elderflower cordial again! I made a big batch and gave some away as gifts.
This was my first time making cordial. Such a beautiful drink, and a wholesome recipe! The house smells wonderful too!
My favorite way to use this is to drizzle it over fresh muffins, it adds such a yummy flavor!
This was so much easier than I expected! Delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
With your step by step instructions, making this elderflower cordial recipe was so easy. Thank you for a great recipe!
I found fresh elderberry flower heads at my farmers' market and what a great way to use them. The last time I enjoyed a cordial like this I was in Ireland, and the sipping your cordial brought me back. Thanks for the recipe!
This was so lovely and easy to make! We plan to add it to a cocktail this weekend. Thank you for the recipe!
What and amazing recipe! I had no idea I could do this with elderlfowers and now everybody wants a bottle!
Thanks so much! So happy to hear.
What a great recipe and such an informative article as well!
Thank you so much! 🙂
This was really easy to make and I love it with some seltzer - the perfect mocktail!
I love mixing flavors into sparkling water and this syrup was so simple to make and love the unique flavor.
I stumbled on this recipe looking for ways to use elderberry. The drink was super easy to make and tasted very good.
This is a GREAT recipe, and the pictures are as beautiful as this recipe turns out. Thank you!
This Elderflower cordial was so good!! Thanks for the easy recipe. I'll make it again for sure!