Recipe | Elderflower cordial

Have you seen the big puffy, cloud like elderflowers sprouting out as of late? Well apart from giving us the nod that summer is well on the way, it can be used to make lots of delicious treats.

Elderflower cordial, or flader saft is a traditional Swedish drink, made by many households ready for Midsommar celebrations (the Friday before summer equinox).

We make quite large batches, so I’ve scaled this down a bit for you.

What you’ll need to make approximately 1.5 litres of cordial:

30 elderflower heads
2kg sugar
4 lemons
3 teaspoon citric acid (from the chemist)
1.5 litres water

Add water and sugar to a large pot and bring to boil allowing the sugar to dissolve.

Once sugar has dissolved remove from the heat.

Rinse the elderflowers to get rid of any dirt or bugs that may have stowed their way in.

Add the zest of two lemons, then slice all four lemons.

Add flowers and lemon to the syrup.

Cover the pan and leave for a week. Many recipes here say only 24 hours, but I don’t think it gives enough flavour.

Remember to stir once, every 2 days. Once infused, sieve through a muslin cloth (or clean tea towel), to get rid of any bits, into a large bowl or pan. This can then be funnelled into sterilised bottles, or plastic container if you’d like to freeze it.

If your a fan of candied fruit, try the lemons after theyve soaked up the delicious floral syrup – divine!

Enjoy x


3 thoughts on “Recipe | Elderflower cordial

  1. This is such a cool recipe! Just wondering, did you pick the flowers from outside or buy them somewhere? And if you picked them… did you have to clean them at all or the cooking process just get rid of bacteria! Please let me know! And thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I picked the flowers outside, I just rinse them off in cold water. As you plunge them in boiling water in the recipe, this kills off any bacteria ๐Ÿ˜Š

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