Elderflower Cordial

My friend, Erin, made some Elderflower Cordial recently and shared some with me!  She really is such a sweet, sharing friend!  ๐Ÿ™‚  I try to always have Elderberry Syrup on hand all year round, but this is the first time I’ve taken Elderflower Cordial.
Elderflower Cordial is basically like a syrup.  Many people make it, add it to fizzy water and use it for a refreshing drink ~ and a healthy drink it is!  It is effective to use for respiratory, sinus problems and fevers.  A few weeks ago I used fresh elderflowers to help reduce my baby’s fever: this cordial can be used in the same way!
Elderflower Cordial is highly concentrated, so it is recommended to add 2 Tablespoons of cordial to 1 cup of water or other beverage.  I tend to just take it straight from the jar, though. I would add it to some other liquid if I was enjoying it as a beverage, but I normally save this for medicinal purposes. ๐Ÿ™‚  My suggestion is to take 1-2 tablespoons 3 or 4 times a day for fevers and sickness {cut the amount in half for children}.  
Elderflowers are normally only in bloom for about 3 weeks in June, so June is the time to stock up on cordial!  If you add citric or tartaric acid to the recipe, the cordial will last 3-4 months in the fridge.
You can find Elderflower Cordial recipes at Ashridge Nurseries and Good Food Channel.
I’m not sure if I’ll get around to making the cordial this year since my friend has shared hers with me and spared me the trouble {even though it is easy! :)}.  I’m definitely adding this cordial to my list next spring when I plan my medicine-making days! ๐Ÿ™‚
Have you ever made this cordial?  How do you use it?

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  1. says

    Thank you for this recipe!
    I am still trying to determine exactly where all the elderberries are on our homestead property.
    Hopefully we’ll be able to figure it out this year for sure.

  2. Anonymous says

    I recently was able to try the Elderberry cordial that Jill talks about here and was amazed at how good it tasted. I saw how it was made and, to me, it actually tastes better than lemonade.

    -Joshua Martyn

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