Elder flower cordial: A Swedish classic

The Swedish celebration of midsummer is here and I want to introduce to you Elder flower cordial.


If you haven’t tried it I say you MUST try it sometime. Elder is a bush with large, white flowers and it is these flowers you pick when making Elder flower cordial. The cordial itself is simple to make and tastes divine. I remember when I used to live in the countryside, there was a deserted house behind a wood, and it was here that I went every Summer to pick Elder :)

Elder flower cordial


  • 40-50 Elder flowers
  • 3-4 big lemons
  • 2 litres of water
  • 2 kg white sugar
  • 30 g citric acid


  1. Pick the flowers.
  2. Place the newly picked flowers in a bowl large enough for at least seven litres.
  3. Brush the lemons under warm water and skice them thinly. Place them in the bowl together with the Elder flowers.
  4. Boil the water and stir in sugar and citric acid. Pour the hot liquid over the Elder flowers and lemons. Cover.
  5. Let the cordial stand in a cool place for 3 – 4 days.
  6. Strain the cordial and pour it into clean plastic bottles or containers with a lid. Store the cordial in the freezer.
  7. Drink and enjoyyyyyy :)

I am lucky to have such wonderful memories from my childhood in the countryside, and I am also very grateful to live in a clean country with such beautiful nature. The Swedish Summer offers uncountable goodies to harvest: strawberries, rasperries, blueberries, elder flowers, and lots of different vegetables. So go out and botanise in the wonderful nature, fill the freezer to prepare for those cold and dark Winter days and enjoy the Summertime here and now :)


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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 12:34

    it must be very fresh and good for summer, thanks for sharing dear! kisses and have a nice day!

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 13:28

    This drink seems refreshing. A toast to you for this refreshing post!

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 17:09

    Tack för tipset, älskar flädersaft! Kram Caroline

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 17:12

    TUSEN TACK för tipset!
    Flädersaft är absolut den godaste saften!!!

    Kul att hitta hit till dig :)

    Kram Eva

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 19:21

    Åh, vad det är roligt då det dyker upp en ny person i kommentarsfältet. Styrsö har jag tillbringat många somrar på då min faster o farbror fortfarande bodde där. Den ön kommer alltid att ha ett eget rum i mitt hjärta :)
    Ser att jag får ta mig tid efter midsommar för att kika runt här hos dig.
    Ha det gott och ha en fin midsommarhelg!

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 19:24

    That is such a unique recipe you have there! I so so so want to try it just for the experience! Writing it down in my notebook now!

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 19:47

    Hej och tack för din kommentar, kul att du gillar min blogg, jag har F.B men länkar sällan dit så vill du följa den är det lättast att ansluta sig som följare.
    Du har också en väldigt fin blogg.
    Ha en fin kväll.

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    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 05:32

    thanks for sharing! i’m a fan for drinks!

    thanks for visiting my blog and left me a comment!

    the STYLE Fringe BLOG

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    Thelma Louise
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 08:57

    Hei. og takk for hyggelig kommentar hos meg.:) og nei, verken twitter eller facebook.:)

    Flott blogg du har.:) flotte bilder og fin variasjon.:)

    Ha en kos dag..)


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    Girl in Oslo
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:27

    Maybe i aught to try that :)

    Have a great day

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    Beauty Follower
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:34

    Follow you via Bloglovin’

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    Brynn {chartreuse & a twist}
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 17:14

    Hello! So nice to meet you :) Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog! Your is beautiful! I love the images, though I will need to translate the words into english ;) I followed you on twitter…you can find/follow me there if you would like :) XO Brynn

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    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 21:11

    Very coo! Would live to try this.

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    Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 01:42

    Beautiful blog! I could just tell from the “inspiration” that I would love it. Thanks for visiting mine as well. I don’t have facebook or twitter but hopefully will soon. Have a great day! xx

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    Friday, June 22, 2012 at 00:29

    gorgeous designs! thanks for your comment :) I don’t have a fan page on facebook and still working on twitter, but you can follow via bloglovin or gfc :)


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    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 15:18

    Great recipes. I love the smell of edelflower in spring.

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    Victoria - Limestone by the Sea
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 22:55

    Det skall jag försöka hinna med i år. Tusen tack för tipset! kram Victoria

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