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Elderflower, lemon and cardamom cordial

Making cordial as we transition from Spring to Summer, conjures memories of carefree strolls down the lane, searching for the creamy spray of Elderflower that umbrellas the roadside. The dizzying perfume of the hedgerows scents the breeze. From picking to bottling, its a meditative process and makes a thoughtful gift.


Cardamom adds complexity and pairs well with a vodka soda.


To make 1 litre bottle:

20-25 elderflower heads, picked on a dry day

3 unwaxed lemons, zest peeled (without pith) and flesh juiced

5 cardamom pods, crushed

1.5 litres water brought to boil

1kg caster sugar

1tsp citric acid (optional preservative)


Shake the elderflower to free any bugs or debris. Put the flowers, cardamom and lemon zest into a large bowl and pour over the boiling water.

Leave to infuse for 24 hours, covered with a cloth.

Strain and transfer the infusion into a heavy pan with the sugar and heat slowly to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon juice and bring to simmer for 5 minutes to develop a syrupy mix.

Add the citric acid if using.

Use a funnel to pour into a sterilised bottle with an air tight sealable top.


If not using citric acid, this will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.


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