Elder Flower Cordial

Events Food

We had lots of requests for the Elderflower Cordial recipe served at the “no Impact Man” film the other week so thought we had better post it here (care of Azaharah).

  •  25 or so elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 lemons and an orange ( used a lime in place of a lemon here) Plus juice of the fruit I KG of sugar or equivalent (  also tried out agave and maple which tasted good, doesn’t keep as long)
  • 1.5 L boiling water ( used spring water)
  • Pour the water over the elderflowers and zest, cover and leave over night.
  • Next day, strain and put the liquid in a pan with the juice from the citrus fruit and the sugar/sweet stuff. Compost the flowers etc.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Cool and pour into bottles/ Kilmer jar (sterilised bottles)

C”est ca!


Its somewhat late now for elderflowers with the dry spell but there are plenty of elderberries coming along! That means elderberry wine – lets us know your recipes from your foragings here and also potential spots for gathering on our map.

Ali is project manager of Transition University of St Andrews.