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How to Make Elderflower Cordial

Updated: Nov 3, 2019

We're on holiday in the UK right now and couldn't resist 'glamping' on a farm in the New Forest. On the farm tour we noticed a very late flowering Elder tree and asked the farmer if we could harvest the last flower heads to make elderflower cordial. It's a wonderful flower cordial popular for putting in sparkling water, sparkling wine and gin and tonic.

The farmer was agreeable, the only catch was we had to brave the pig pen to collect the flowers! We needed a diversion, so my son threw our newly picked strawberries for the pigs whilst I avoided getting my toes nibbled and managed to cut the 10 flower heads I needed!