elderflower and orange blossom cordial

2 days!
elderflower and orange blossom cordial image


  • 25-30 fresh elderflower heads (clusters)
  • 150ml orange blossom honey
  • 2 lemons cut into quarters
  • 2 oranges cut into quarters
  • 3 litres of cold water
  • 1 clean, dry muslin or jelly bag for straining
  • Sterilised bottles


  1. Remove the big stalks from your elderflower heads and give the flowers a good shake to dislodge any insects that might be lurking.
  2. In a large saucepan or bowl add your cold water and honey and stir to dissolve (no need to heat)
  3. Add your chopped up lemons and oranges and then your elderflower. Stir to mix ensuring all flowers are covered by the water.
  4. Cover with a lid or cloth and leave for 24 hours. Don’t be worried if the mix smells a bit odd at this point, once it’s infused overnight it will smell amazing!
  5. Remove the flowers and lemons with a spoon and strain your cordial through a muslin cloth or jelly bag.
  6. Taste – and add more honey if you need to or prefer it sweeter.
  7. Transfer to sterilised bottles and keep in the fridge!

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