Easy homemade elderberry cordial

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Homemade Elderflower Cordial is a refreshing summer drink that is very easy to make and uses less sugar.

Homemade elderflower cordial is the summer drink of our childhood. When we were growing up, drinking the hearty elderflower homemade (and raspberry syrup) was a staple in most homes.

Growing up in the former Yugoslavia, we didn't have the food and drink options we have today and home-made food, and homegrown products were a big problem (and still are today). So this Homemade Elderflower Cordial feels very nostalgic.

You may think that making your own cordial is difficult or time consuming. But it really isn't. Our recipe combines in about 15 minutes, and then it's just a matter of infusion for about a day, and your hearty is ready to serve (or bottle)!

We know we were a bit late posting this recipe, as most elder flowers are no longer in bloom, but you can still find it at higher altitudes, so all is not lost!

If you haven't had heavy rains all night, like we did, take the opportunity on a beautiful sunny Saturday, take a walk, pick a couple of elder flowers, bring them home, and make this recipe ASAP. He will thank us tomorrow, in the midday heat, when he refreshes himself with a glass of this fragrant drink.

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In this recipe, we cut the sugar almost in half and replace part of the white sugar with brown, which gives the syrup a deep golden color. You can use the sugar you want, but if you plan to bottle the cordial for the winter, we suggest adding more sugar, which acts as a preservative. Usually you go as high as 1: 1 of water and sugar. We recommend keeping our cordial in the fridge and using it in about a month, just to be safe.

Easy homemade elderberry cordial

Performance: 8 Preparation time: 15 minutes Time to cook: 10 minutes Total time: 25 minutes

Homemade Elderflower Cordial is a refreshing summer drink that is very easy to make and uses less sugar.


  • 4 cups of water
  • 400 grams of sugar
  • 200 grams of brown sugar
  • 20 grams citric acid
  • 1 handful of mint or lemon balm
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 15 elder flowers


  1. Pour water into a saucepan, add sugars and citric acid, and bring to a boil. Mix well and let all the sugar dissolve. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  2. Add mint leaves, lemon wedges and elder flowers; remove as much of the stem as you can and just use the florets. Mix, then cover the pot with a cheese cloth or a thin kitchen towel, and infuse for about a day.
  3. Strain the syrup and pour it into a bottle. It will be kept refrigerated for about a month.


Soaking and infusing takes about a day, but other than that it's only about 15 minutes of work. This recipe uses much less sugar than store-bought products, so it may not last as long. We recommend keeping it refrigerated.

Nutritional information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Calories: 323 Total Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Unsaturated Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 15 mg Carbohydrate: 83 g Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 79 g Protein: 0 g

You can use this Homemade Elderflower Cordial mixed with water as a refreshing summer drink, or try it in our delicious Elderflower Panna Cotta>

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Homemade cordial easy elderberry

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