June 28, 2015

Elder flower cordial a la Lønnestræde

I have been twisting this elder flower cordial a la Palle into elder flower cordial a la Lønnestræde. I find this to be a very fitting name, as all the elder flowers are collected in the surrounding of Lønnestræde.

In order to have more classic version and light pale cordial I have been working with lemon, lime and sugar in light colour.

You should really try to make your version of elder flower cordial instead of buying an industry product in the supermarket. It is a very easy thign to make and the taste is just so much better !!!

It is very easy to see in the supermarket, when it is high season for making elder flower cordial at home, as the supermarkets are running out for the citric acid powder.

Elder Flower Cordial a la Lønnestræde:
  • 40 elder flowers
  • 2 lemons - organic - in thin slices
  • 4 limes - organic - in thin slices
  • 40 g citric acid
  • 1.5  kg cane sugar
  • 2 l water - boiling
  1. Shake the elder flowers very, very well, so they are free from various insects. DO NOT use water for this cleaning step, as this will reduce the wonderful taste of elder flower significantly as you remove the "yellow" flavour dust/pollen.
  2. Use a siccor to cut the flowers from the flower stem, as these apparently will increase the bitterness level in the final cordial.
  3. Place the elder flower into a big bowl, which you can close with a lid at the end.
  4. Slice the citrus fruit into thin slices. Add into the bowl.
  5. Add the cane sugar on top
  6. Add the citric acid as well.
  7. Add the boiling water into the bowl.
  8. Stir the sugar into solution, so it does not form a sediment on the bottom, which is difficult to dissolved later, when the cordial is cold.
  9. Cover the bowl with the lid.
  10. Let the content cool down to room temperature, before you place the bowl in the refrigerator.
  11. Stir or shake the bowl daily during the infusion time.
  12. Let the elder flower cordial infuse for 4 days in the refrigerator.
  13. Sieve the cordial to remove all the different ingredients.
  14. Prepare the glass bottles by by filling them with boiling water. I do not use any preservatives, so this is important to increase shelf-life of your cordial.
  15. You can also use plastic bottles, if you want to freeze the cordial as another way of preserving it. Remember NOT to fill these bottles completely, as liquid will increase in volume, when turning into ice.
  16. Enjoy the wonderful Summer time using this cordial as "plain" cordial mixing with water (with or without gas), mixing with wine or sparkling wine. Or mix it gin or vodka and lots of ice.


  1. Yum yum yum - I looooove elderflower syrup. In Denmark I always made enough to last way in to the fall.
    I haven't seen any elderberry trees here in California, so I have to buy the syrup at Amazon.
    Savner den Danske sommer ❤️

    1. Yes, the Danish Summer is something special with all it´s sun light and very light Summer nights. It really is like magic.

      Great to hear, that you have a solution on how to get hold of elder flower syrup/cordial.

      Best regards


  2. Åretes første portion blev sat over med ingefær og citrongræs, anden portion blev sat over igår med et hint af vanilie, må se hvad 3. portion bliver med - men skal nok sættes over snart inden den varslede sommer kommer.

    1. Hej Karin !

      Det bliver spændende at høre, hvad den tredie portion hyldeblomst saft kommer til at smage af. Har du også overvejet at koge en sirup på hyldeblomsterne ?


  3. Den ene portion blev en tro kopi af din lime/lemon saft, den anden en helt klassisk uden nogle tilsætninger. Har prøvet en enkelt gang siup men får det ikke brugt, så hellere bruge blomsterne til pandekager :-)

    1. Hej Karin !

      Måske vi skulle lave en bytte-bytte-købmand med vores hyldeblomstsaft ved lejlighed ?


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