Elderflower, Lemon & Vanilla Cordial

Elderflower, Lemon & Vanilla Cordial

A refreshing floral concentrate to dilute with water as a drink or use in creamy light desserts like fools and syllabubs.

Preperation: 10 Mins
Cook Time: 40 Mins
Difficulty: Easy

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  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 2 unwaxed organic lemons, halved
  • vanilla pod, seeds reserved
  • 1 tbsp citric acid powder or vitamin C powder
  • 40 fresh elder flowers, shaken free of bugs, lightly rinsed


Fill a large pan with 2 litres water. Add the sugar, lemons, vanilla pod and powder, and bring slowly to the boil. Boil rapidly until the mixture has reduced by half, then remove from heat.

Add the elderflowers to the pan and stir gently. Leave to cool completely, then pass through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean pan. Whisk in the vanilla seeds and store the cordial in sterilised bottles with a strip of peel and the vanilla pod added. To make a refreshing drink, use 1 part cordial to 5 parts iced water.