Recipe: Dandelion & Burdock Cordial

Dandelion, that humble plant with a distinctive yellow flower, and Burdock, a wild thistle, are well known for their detoxifying properties, and good sources of vitamins including vitamins A, C and iron.

Recognised as a tonic, Dandelion and Burdock has been consumed as a “soft” drink in the UK for hundreds of years. In the middle ages, people made it as a light mead and like many early beverages, people used it as a medicine. Today, walk into a supermarket or grocery store in the UK and chances are you will see a version of Dandelion & Burdock in the drinks section.

It is easy to make your own Dandelion & Burdock cordial which can be added to sparkling water or soda water for a bitter, earthy drink. If you are wanting to take Dandelion & Burdock for a particular health condition or as a overall tonic, it’s advised to use tinctures or infusions instead.


  • 500 ml water
  • 1 tbsp burdock root
  • 1 tbsp dandelion
  • 2 cm ginger root
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 250g brown sugar


  1. Put the dandelion, burdock, ginger and star anise pod in a pot with the water. Gently simmer over a low-medium heat for about 20 minutes. Remove the solid ingredients with a cheesecloth lined mesh strainer.
  2. Mix the sugar into the hot mixture. Place the pan over a low heat for until sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has a syrup consistency. Allow to cool. Put in a glass bottle and keep refrigerated.
  3. For a soft drink, add one part of the Dandelion & Burdock Cordial to 4 parts sparkling water or soda water. The cordial can also be used in cocktails.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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