Elderflower cordial in a bowl

Elderflower, lemon & lime cordial

June 11, 2018lifepatisserie

In late May or early June we pick elderflowers. You can find them a lot of places here in Denmark and they are quite popular to use both in drinks and desserts.
I have spotted a nice one close to my home where I can cut a lot of them.

elderflower cuts

This cordial is fairly easy to make, it just needs a few days to sit before it is ready to be put in bottles and enjoyed. But when it is ready you have so many possibilities, drinks, ice cream, cakes, syrup, frosting … the list is endless. You could also take some of it and freeze it into ice cubes.

When making the cordial there are two things that can give you a bitter taste, so here are some tips to avoid that.
The stalk of the elderflower can give quite a bitter taste, so when you are preparing the elderflower try to cut as much stalk away as you can. 
If you are using lemons and lime, the best way is to first take the zest, then cutting the top and bottom off and cut off all the white because there sits the bitter taste. Then you can filet the lemons/limes and add them in.

Elderflower and citrus


lemon and lime zest


cutting lemons


When you have boiled the water with the sugar and added the elderflowers, lemons and lime, it needs to sit in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. So I find a bowl that fits well in my fridge and has a lid ( or you can use a plastic wrap) and pour the whole thing into that. Then twice a day I take it out and just stir it a little bit and then back in the fridge.


elderflower liquid in a bowl


straining elderflower juice


pouring elderflower cordial in bottles


elderflower cordial in bottles


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elderflower cordial ready

Elderflower, Lemon & Lime Cordial

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  • Author: Life Patisserie
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 4350


A delicious elderflower cordial with a refreshing taste of lemon and lime. Ready to be used in drinks and desserts.



30 heads of Elderflower

3 ecological Lemons

2 ecological Lime

750 gr raw Sugar

1 1/2 liters Water


Shake the elderflower heads for any bugs or dirt and then cut the stalks away and put the flowers in a bowl. Zest the lemons and limes, then cutting off all the white flesh and filet.

Put the sugar and water in large saucepan and gently bring to the boil, until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.

Add the zest and the squeeze the citrus fruits a little before adding to the water. Add the elderflower and stir everything well together.

Put in the fridge for 3 – 4 days, and stir twice a day.

When ready pass through a sieve lined with muslin cloth or a kitchen towel, and then squeeze the cloth to get all the juice you can.

Pour into sterilized bottles or jars and store in the fridge.


  • The recipe gives about 2 liters of cordial.


elderflower cordial ready


elderflower cordial


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