Elderflower Recipes

By Harriet Scoot Elderflower Cupcakes

You may have noticed all the Elderflower heads blooming in the hedgerows at the moment, sparkling away as you drive past!

These flowers have got a gorgeous scent and they are perfect for making into a cordial to drink or to cook with!

It’s essential to pick the flower heads on a dry day when the flowers are dry, never when wet. Before you use anything you’ve picked, check for creepy crawlies as you don’t want them ruining your recipes!

Here are a couple of recipes, passed down through the generations of my family... enjoy!

We’ll start with the Elderflower Cordial, as this is used in all of the other recipes!  

Elderflower Cordial

What you’ll need to make roughly 2 litres;

  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, about 150ml of their juice
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid 


  1. Place the elderflower heads and citrus zest in a large bowl.
  2. Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflower heads and citrus zest. Cover the liquid mixture, and leave to infuse over night. 
  3. Strain the liquid through a piece of muslin, or line a colander with a (clean!) tea towel and pour into a saucepan.
  4. Add all of the sugar, the 150ml of lemon and orange juice mixture and the citric acid to the saucepan.
  5. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then turn the heat up to a simmer, and leave for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. While the syrup is still hot, use a funnel to pour into sterilised bottles, and seal with sterilised screw tops, corks or swing top lids.

Once you’ve made your cordial, there are lots of yummy things you can do with it! (Or if you haven’t got time, all of these recipes can be made with shop bought Elderflower Cordial!)

Elderflower Cupcakes

Elderflower Cupcake Mix



  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • Decorative white icing flowers, for decorating (optional)


  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 50g cream cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180° (fan) or gas mark 4. While it’s heating up, line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl for 5 - 6 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  3. In a jug, gently whisk together the eggs and cordial.
  4. Add a spoonful of flour to the creamed butter and then slowly pour in the egg mixture, beating constantly.
  5. Sift the remaining flour and a pinch of salt into the mixture and fold in until evenly combined.
  6. Place heaped tablespoons of the batter into the cases and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the cakes are golden. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the icing, cream the butter, icing sugar and cordial together for 3 - 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in the cream cheese and beat until the icing is thick and creamy. You can either spread or pipe over the cupcakes and decorate with icing flowers, for a really pretty effect!

These cupcakes are the perfect pudding after a summer BBQ, or even to pack in a picnic!

Elderflower Cupcakes
Elderflower & White Chocolate Chip Shortbread


  • 300g plain flour
  • 250g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial and extra for glaze
  • 100g white chocolate chunks or chips
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Add sugar, vanilla, 1 tbsp lemon zest and elderflower cordial to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Mix in butter until mixture is creamy.
  3. Sift in flour and mix until you have a soft dough.
  4. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Put the dough between two sheets of cling film, and roll out until its 1cm thick and even.
  6. Put the dough in the fridge to chill, leave it for around an hour. This makes it easier to shape later on! While it’s chilling, preheat the oven to 180°.
  7. When the dough is firm, cut into shapes with a cutter. The more fun the better!
  8. Brush some extra elderflower cordial onto the biscuits. Sprinkle with icing sugar and bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden.
  9. Don’t eat them all in one go!
Elderflower Cocktail (just for adults!)

A perfect refreshing cocktail to enjoy on a summer’s evening, mum & dad deserve a treat too!


  • 50ml Dry Gin
  • 12ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 125ml Tonic Water
  • A wedge of lemon


Simply add all the ingredients into a tall glass, stir and enjoy!

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