Recipe of the week

Elderflower Cordial

Usually in May/June the Elder is in blossom and to some it is known as the Mayflower. At this time, and while it is sunny gather some blossoms and make this easy delicious drink.

Elderflower cordial

20 heads of elderflowers, shaken and clean
1.75 kg sugar
l.8 litres water
50 grams citric/tartaric acid
2 lemons (rind and juice)


  1. Boil the water and pour into a large mixing bowl
  2. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve it
  3. Allow the water to cool
  4. Add the lemon rind, juice and citric/tartaric acid
  5. Add the elderflowers
  6. Stir and cover. Stand for 24 hours
  7. Strain and bottle
  8. Store in the fridge
  9. Dilute to taste with water. It is ready to drink and will keep for several months


Smell the blossoms before gathering - you want sweet smelling ones!

Gather blossoms from a tree away from a busy road or other pollutants