How to make Elderflower Cordial | Rosie Makes Jam Recipes

Elderflower Cordial

Light and refreshing, the classic flavour of Summer - barbeques, tennis parties, Summer weddings - make plenty


Campden Tablet,
buy from Homebrew Centres
2 each
Sugar, White granulated
900 g
2 each
Large heads
25 each

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Sugar, White granulated
Citric Acid

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  1. Put the sugar into a large mixing bowl or pan and pour over 3 litres boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Leave to cool
  2. Add the citric acid and Campden tablets, which act as a preservative, also slice the lemons and add to the pan
  3. Shake the flower heads gently to get rid of any bugs and add to the liquid
  4. Cover with a clean tea towel or cling film and leave for 24 hours to infuse, stir occasionally
  5. Pour through a muslin lined sieve into a jug, then decant carefully into sterilised glass bottles and seal
  6. Follow the instructions in the General Points to sterilise in the bottle if you want the cordial to keep for up to twelve months
  7. Elderflower Cordial couldn't be easier to make, it takes so little time and effort for a truly stunning result - give it a try, then try and give it! ( You'll want to squirrel it away for summer parties - how about serving it a wedding for a magnificent low alcohol spritzer )

How long will it take to make?

Preparation time:
15 mins
Soaking overnight
not included in total time

How much?

Makes approx. 20 250ml bottles

Look after it

Keep cool and dark.

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