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Two small glass bottles of elderflower cordial lying in several elderflower heads.

Honey Elderflower Cordial

Sweet, seasonal elderflower cordial made with honey instead of sugar. This is very simple to make, simply mixing, stirring, and letting it steep for a few days before storing.
Course Drinks, Preserves, Spring
Cuisine European, German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Steeping Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 15 minutes
Servings 1 litre (~2 pints)
Calories 32kcal


  • 15 heads elderflower about a cup of blossoms
  • 2 unwaxed organic lemons sliced
  • 500 ml honey
  • 750 ml water


  • Remove the blossoms from the elderflower heads, discarding as much stem as possible, and place them into a large bowl. Add the lemons and honey.
  • Heat the water in a saucepan or kettle until just simmering, but not boiling. Pour the hot water over the elderflower mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir until the honey dissolves fully.
  • Place a finely woven cloth or tea towel over the bowl and set in a cool, dark place. Let it steep for 2-3 days, checking after the second day. If you'd like it to be stronger, leave until day three.
  • Once the cordial is finished steeping, strain it through a fine-meshed sieve and pour into sterilized jars or bottles. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a month, or freeze for longer storage.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 8g