Homemade elderflower cordial is so much better than anything you can buy. Serve with sparkling water for a refreshing drink or sparkling wine for a delicious cocktail.



  • 30 elderflower heads
  • 1.7litres/3 pints boiling water
  • 900g/2lb coconut blossom sugar
  • 50g/2oz citric acid
  • 2 unwaxed oranges, sliced
  • 3 unwaxed lemons, sliced



  1. Gently rinse over the elderflowers to remove any dirt or little creatures.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Stir well and leave to cool.
  3. Add the citric acid, the orange and lemon slices, and then the flowers.
  4. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain through some muslin and transfer to sterilised bottles.
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