How to serve elderflower cordial
This fantastic, aromatic cordial has a stunning, summery flavour.
Serve with sparkling water for a refreshing drink or add to sparkling wine or champagne for a delicious cocktail.
Add a splash or two, undiluted, to fruit salads or anything with gooseberries or dilute one part cordial to two parts water for fragrant ice lollies or drizzle over lemon sorbet.
Make elderflower cream by adding a few tablespoons of elderflower cordial and a sprinkling of icing sugar when whipping cream. This livens up any recipe using cream – especially trifles, pavlovas and Eton mess.
Top elderflower collecting tips
There is often spectacular flowering, but the elderflower season is generally short. Look out for them from late May to mid-July, depending on where you live in the UK.
Freshly picked flowers make the best cordial. The flowers quickly lose their heady scent within a few hours, so make sure you have time to make the cordial after picking.
Dry, newly opened flower heads have the best fragrance. Pick them from late morning on a dry day to make sure they are not soggy with dew, and don’t collect from roadsides in case they’re tainted with exhaust fumes.
When you’re collecting elderflowers, make sure you have permission from the landowner. See our guidelines for responsible foraging.