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Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Elderflower Cordial, Elderflower Wine Recipes

Elderflower Cordial, Elderflower Wine Recipes

ElderFlower Cordial / Wine Recipe

The fresh summery taste of elderflowers is so suttle but distinctively fresh and light which makes a great elderflower cordial syrup and a superb wine and champagne, My recipes are easy to follow cheap to make,all of these elderflower recipe can be made in big quantities and stored for a long time. Elderflowers come from the elder tree (sambucus nigra). A small deciduous tree found throughout the British isles, north america and Europe. The elderberry flowers in late may,June and July the elderflower have the most flavour mid June too beginning of July about two to three weeks after they have opened. The best way to pick the elderflowers is to cut the flower clusters from the tree leaving about 1in (5cm) of stalk attached, Do not wash the flowers as this will remove most of the smell and fragrance, Insteayd carefully check the clusters for insects and bugs and remove any you may find. You won't regret putting the effort in.

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Elderflower Cordial Recipe Ingredients

  • 24 elderflower heads
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2oz (55g) tartaric acid./ citric acid (available from most chemist or online)
  • 3 lb (1kg250g) white sugar
  • 3 pints Boiling water

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

  1. To make your elderflower cordial start by. Boiling the water and add all the sugar stir until sugar has completely dissolved,
  2. Chop your lemons and oranges in to pieces or slices leaving the skin on and place into a bucket or large pot,
  3. Sprinkle on the acid and the elder flowers, Dont be tempted to adding to many more flowers as to many will make your syrup dry tasting,
  4. Now pour the boiling sugar water and cover with a cloth and leave for two days for the elderflower cordial build and take on flavour. Gently stirring occasionally.
  5. After 2 days strain off and bottle your elderflower cordial in to clean bottles and store in a cool place ready for using,

Elderflower wine Recipe


Sparkling Elderflower wine, Champagne Recipe


4 elderflower Heads in full bloom

8 pints (4 1/2 litres) Cold water

1 lemon

1 1/2 lb (650g) of white sugar

2 table spoons white vinegar

1,Boil 2 pints of the water add the sugar and stir until dissolved then allow to cool,

2,Add your elderflower in to a bucket or large pot with the white wine vinegar,

3,Cut the lemon in to wedges and squeeze the juice onto the elderflowers and place the the squeezed lemon wedges in too,

4,Now pour the all the water over the top now cover with a cloth and leave to soak for 4 days,

5,Strain the elderflower wine and pour into screw top bottles,

The Elderflower wine / Champagne should be ready to drink in 6 to 10 days.

When opening the bottles take care as the longer they are in the bottles the fizzer they become,

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If you find that there is not much fizz at 10 days do not worry as the natural yeast can some times take longer to get going,

Elderflower Wine Recipe

1 pint full of elderflowers pushed down fairly tight.

2.2 lb (1kg) sugar

1 lb (450g) raisins

Juice of 2 lemons

8 pints (4 1/2 litres) water

1 beaten egg white

1 pack of dried yeast

1, Boil the water, sugar and raisins for half an hour then add the egg white and boil for half hour longer,

2, Allow the liquid to cool for a while then, Activate your yeast buy adding to the liquid,

3, Stir in your elderflowers and lemon juice and cover and leave in a bucket for 3 to 4 days.

4, Now we add to fermenting jars and leave it to ferment and go clear times will vary on this depending on your yeast room temperature ect.

5,Once its completely clear syphon off in to clean sterilised bottles and seal with a cork and keep for at least 4 months the longer you leave it the better it will taste. Store in a cool dark place. the alcohol strength in your elderflower wine recipe will vary but it can be fairly strong,

Elderflower cordial recipe Preparation time and maturing time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

72 hours

72 hours 30 min

8 pints 4.1/2 litres of cordial of wine

Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower Cordial Recipe Uses

Elderflower cordial makes a really refreshing cold drink mixed with cold water or soda water.

Elderflower cordial is also great to use in cooking too if you add a little of your cordial to whipped cream to serve with a desert is lovely,

Even add some in to your sponge cake mixes to give a little refreshing taste,

Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial recipe

© 2013 Charlie Cheesman


summerberrie on June 03, 2013:

Elderberry are just starting to bloom here. I've made Elderberry fritters before~they were pretty tasty and now I can make some elderberry wine to go with them. Thanks for the information!

travmaj from australia on June 02, 2013:

Hey Charlie, I remember people making elderberry wine when I was a kid in England. Very nostalgic. I don't think we have it here in Australia but will check. Enjoyed reading this very much - thank you. voting.

Charlie Cheesman (author) from England on May 27, 2013:

Kawi thanks I am not sure they grow on Hawaii may be they do. But I am sure you could use the recipes for some other edible fragrant flower though. Thanks .

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on May 27, 2013:

Charlie this was interesting - I will have to keep my eyes open for this elderflower. The recipes sound like a great way to spend some summer down-time. Upvoted/interesting/following. Peace. Kawi.

Dil Vil from India on May 27, 2013:

Good one, i had a good read. Thanks for the share!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 27, 2013:

Hi Stuart,

Lovely recipes that seem so easy and far less complicated than i would have thought! Love the sound of all 3 and will definitely keep these in mind to try out. voted up up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned to drinks!

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