Making elderflower cordial

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Twenty five heads of elderflowers, ready to steep overnight in water.

Elderflower cordial is one of those quintessentially European things that you see occasionally in the local supermarket.

With all my River Cottage cookbooks, I’d been keeping my eye out for elderberry plants for a long time. I finally stumbled across them on Greenpatch Seeds, as bare-rooted plants.

They grew at a tremendous rate from the moment they went into the ground. They also madly suckered, throwing up new plants by the dozen.

They’ve turned out to be a great way of keeping the weeds down, and they’re producing huge amounts of flowers.

So last weekend, we harvested 25 heads, and then steeped them in boiling water overnight, along with some citrus peel.

Following a River Cottage recipe, the result is a delicious cordial. Perfect for summer!

Elderflower cordial: tick that off the to-do list 🙂


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