Finding elderflowers and making cordial!

Who doesn’t love the sweet refreshing taste of elderflower? Even better as an addition to glass of prosecco! Now it can be quite pricey to buy, but come June our  hedgerows are brimming with these flowers, and it could not be easier to make. So heres my quick 60 second Tree to Cordial guide!

Hopefully my video will have helped you identify the elder tree and it’s flowers. It should be noted that the Elder’s leaves, stems, and uncooked berries contain cyanide-inducing glycosides. This could only cause you harm in large doses, but probably best to not add in your cordial.


  • 20-30 elderflower heads
  • 1.7 litres boiling water
  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 50ml lemon juice
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1 unwaxed orange


  • Pick the elderflowers to their smallest stems
  • Rinse in a sieve to remove any critters
  • Dissolve sugar in boiling water, allow to cool
  • Add the flowers, fruit, and lemon juice.
  • Give it good stir and leave for 24 hours
  • Strain into your containers and enjoy!

This recipe does not citric acid as a preservative, as I find it gives a bit of a sour taste. The lemon juice works well as a replacement. If you plan on keeping your cordial for a long time, I’d suggest either freezing into ice cubes, or pasteurising by heating your containers in a pan of boiling water for around 20 minutes, sealing the caps loosely to allow for heat expansion!

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