Elderflower Cordial

The black elder (Sambucus nigra) is a very special shrub whose flowers make an excellent tea that can be used for bronchitis, coughs and flu-like infections, as it has a sweaty effect. But it also supports the function of the kidneys and the liver. If you like it a little sweeter, you can enjoy this quick elderflower syrup. It doesn't have to stand for long and can be enjoyed on the same day. The cordial tastes particularly fine with good spring or mineral water, but also in a cool glass of sparkling wine.

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes (Plus 1-2 hours time to soak through)

Amount: Makes 2 bottles of 500 millilitre


1 Litre of water

3 lemons, the juice

500 grams raw cane sugar

20 elderflowers


1. Bring the water with the lemon juice and the raw cane sugar to the boil until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Remove little creatures from the elderflowers, but do not wash them, as otherwise the good pollen as a flavour carrier is lost.

3. Put the flowers in the hot syrup mixture and let it stand for 1-2 hours, whilst cooling down.

4. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve or tea towel.

5. Bring the syrup to the boil again briefly and pour it into sterilised bottles whilst hot.

Tip: I always sterilise the bottles and lids fresh with boiling water and place them upside down on a clean tea towel. Clean, hygienic work is the top priority, so that the cordial keeps fresh for at least 1 year until the next harvest.

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