Recipe: Elderflower Cordial

A sparkling elderflower drink makes a great beverage to quench a thirst during the summer months, with its distinct aroma and taste.

The elderflower is a plant that has been used for over four thousand years in different cultures due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of the most common health benefits of the elderflower is that it treats sinus infections, the flu, common colds, skin irritations, stress, allergies, and other respiratory disturbances. The elderflower has been used as a supplement, diuretic, and can even alleviate certain pollen allergies.

Elderflower cordial is the base for any elderflower drink including elderflower wine. While grocery stores sell elderflower cordial, it’s really simple and affordable to make it yourself.


  • 25 sprigs of fresh elderflower
  • 3l water
  • 2 lemons, rinds and juice
  • 1kg of caster sugar
  • 10g of citric acid


  1. Place the elderflower heads and lemon rinds in a large bowl.
  2. Boil the water and pour over the elderflower, cover and infuse overnight.
  3. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or preferably a piece of muslin.
  4. Bring the liquid to the boil with the sugar, citric acid and lemon juice and boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before decanting into sterilised bottles. The cordial will keep for up to a month in the fridge and freezes well.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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