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Elderflower cordial without citric acid; so easy to make. #elderflowercordial #elderflowerrecipe #freefromfairy

Elderflower Cordial

This elderflower cordial is made without citric acid. It is free from all allergens but does contain a lot of sugar.

Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Keyword Elderflower cordial, Elderflower cordial without citric acid
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 10 minutes
Servings 40
Calories 93 kcal
Author Vicki, The Free From Fairy


  • 30 elderflower heads in full flower
  • 900 g white sugar
  • 1.7 litres boiling water
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 oranges


  1. Place the sugar in a large pan or bowl.
  2. Add the boiling water and give a good stir.

  3. Gently wash the elderflowers then place in the pan.

  4. Using a peeler, remove the zest from the oranges and lemons and place in the pan along with the juice of one orange and one lemon.

  5. Finally slice the remaining oranges and lemons and place in the pan, giving everything a good stir.
  6. Leave covered for 24-48 hours before straining through a clean muslin cloth or tea towel (lining a colander over a big bowl and gently pouring the liquid in is the easiest way to do this).

  7. Using a jug and funnel, pour the liquid into sterilised bottles (running them through the dishwasher should be enough but to be extra sure, leave them to dry in a low oven).
  8. Keep in the fridge until you want to drink it.
  9. Use within about 6 weeks, or freeze some and defrost it when you want it (you could do this in ice cube trays, in which case you would have a ready-made ice cold drink when popped into water!)

Nutrition Facts
Elderflower Cordial
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 17IU0%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.