Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net
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Elderflower Cordial

I love elderflowers. When I saw that Seedling Farm was selling them at the Green City Market last week, I immediately bought a flat of them.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

They are delicate tiny flowers that have a brief season and a big heady fragrance. They are mildly floral, slightly anise-y, and they pair beautifully with citrus flavors.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

They’re the main flavor in the popular liqueur St. Germain, and they’re easy to like. They grow all over the place, and if you’re lucky enough to come across some, snip a few bunches and bring them home.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

My favorite thing to do with them is to make some kind of syrup to preserve their delicate fragrance and flavor. This particular syrup is based on the traditional British elderflower cordial and is adapted from Pam Corbin’s always reliable The River Cottage Preserves Handbook.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

It’s incredibly easy to make. It just requires zesting some citrus, heating some water and sugar and pouring it all over a pile of flowers.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

Then everything steeps for 24 hours or so and gets strained and bottled. The only slightly unusual part is that a teaspoon of citric acid goes in for some preserving power and a bit of sour flavor. (You should be able to find citric acid in the canning area of any grocery store. It’s sometimes called lemon salt.)

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

This syrup is a bit too sweet and, well, syrupy to drink on its own. But when mixed with sparkling water it makes a lovely soda.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

It would be lovely with lemon juice for an elderflower lemonade and it also goes well with gin if you’re a fan of cocktails. It’s nice to pour a little over fresh berries for a simple glaze. And it would be great in a white sangria with berries or stone fruits.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net
Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

I’m pretty thrilled to know I’ll have some around for the rest of the summer.

Elderflower Cordial. An easy syrup with elderflowers and citrus that makes a delicious homemade soda or cocktail mixer. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious www.blossomtostem.net

(If you’re looking for something else to do with elderflowers, give these lemon elderflower popsicles a try.)

Yield: About 2 quarts

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial

If you have elderflowers, this cordial is incredibly easy to make. It’s also incredibly adaptable. I use lemon, orange, and grapefruit zest, but you could use just lemon or any combination of citrus you like. The citric acid is optional, but I recommend it if you’d like to keep this around for a while as it will really extend the life of the syrup.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Steep Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • 7 cups (about 1.5 liters) water
  • 5 cups (1 kg) sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons, 1 orange, 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the elderflowers in a large heat safe bowl. In a large saucepan, add the sugar and the citrus zest and stir well. Add the water and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over the elderflowers. Stir in the citric acid. Let sit at room temperature overnight or for around 24 hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and store in sterilized bottles or jars in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 252 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 65g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 64g Protein: 0g
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