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How to Make Elderflower Cordial without Citric Acid

Published on June 3rd 2020

by ellie.white. All rights reserved

Wondering what to do with Elderflowers? Follow this delicious Elderflower cordial recipe for a refreshing summer drink.
In late spring to summer, Elder trees across the country blossom with creamy clusters of sweet-smelling flowers, which are a particular delight for beginner foragers like myself.

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The heady scent of Elderflower blossom bubbling away is a familiar one to me. My family usually makes litres upon litres of elderflower cordial every year, freezing it in ice cube trays and drinking it throughout the year. So, when I caught the foraging bug, Elderflower cordial was top on my list of things to make at home.
And this recipe for homemade cordial doesn't disappoint, giving me just enough to enjoy for a few balmy weeks in summer. Unlike the stuff you find on supermarket shelves, this recipe forgoes preservatives. We think this is the best way to make Elderflower cordial, but don't just take our word for it.

Elderflower Cordial Recipe Ingredients

  • Enough elderflowers to fill a pot
  • Lemon zest
  • Granulated sugar (adjust measurement for low sugar elderflower cordial recipe)
  • Water
  • Lemons

How To Make Elderflower Cordial Without Citric Acid

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I vaguely follow the Woodland Trust's elderflower cordial recipe if you would like to see the written instructions. I keep the cordial in the fridge and try to use it up in two weeks or so.
Elderflower cordial is just the first stop of many other yummy treats you can make out of Elder. Elderflower sugar is a fantastically fragrant addition to cakes and other baked goods. Or if you're in the mood for something stronger, impress your guests with the Elderflower champagne recipe below. Gin your tipple of choice? Learn how to make Elderflower gin next.


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