Cotna Eco Retreat

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflowers are appearing in the fields and hedgerows so it’s time to get the Elderflower Cordial recipe out again … this is the drink that you can find sold at the Barley Sheaf & Harbour’s Reach Cafe, delicious with some sparkling water, ice – and borage flowers to make it beautiful too!

750ml water

1kg sugar

1 lemon (unwaxed if possible)

25g citric acid (eg from Mallets)

15 elderflower heads


  1. Heat water & dissolve sugar into it – careful to stir, or it will caramelise!
  2. Grate the zest of the lemon & add to sugar-water
  3. Half-squeeze the lemons & cut them into slices, add to mix
  4. Add citric acid & elderflower heads, stir
  5. Leave to steep overnight, or 12-24 hours
  6. Sieve & bottle – it should last several months

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