Elderflower is the taste of summer for me. This year I have plenty of plans to use this delicious ingredient. This is the end of elderflower season, but you still have the chance to find some nice flowers for a batch of freshly prepared Elderflower Syrup.

You can use it for a refreshing drink or varied desserts too. In this recipe, I don't use preservatives, so it's mainly for use straight after it's ready.


  • 3000 ml water
  • 20-25 large elderflower
  • 1000 g sugar
  • 6-8 lemon, juice or 3 g citric acid (optional)


  1. Boil the water.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat, add the fresh elderflowers and the lemon juice.
  3. Keep it under a lid for 24 hours.
  4. Strain the liquid into a large pot.
  5. Add the sugar and start to heat.
  6. Reduce the liquid on low heat to half, this way your syrup it will be more concentrated.
  7. Pour the syrup into sterilized bottles.
  8. Pour some syrup into a glass, add water or sparkling water for a refreshing drink. It's great with freshly sliced lemon and ice cubes too.

Since there are no preservatives in the elderflower syrup, try to drink it as soon as possible and keep it in the fridge.

Homemade Elderflower Syrup - Photo by © Reka Csulak

Homemade Elderflower Syrup - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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