A common recipe among foragers!

  • Fill a jar with elderflowers. Best to pick them on a dry day when they are creamy and full of pollen. Aim for as little stalk as possible, snip with scissors and don’t worry about a bit of green.
  • Pour in Natural Umber vinegar to cover the flowers and weigh them down with a weight (An empty glass pot is ideal and fits nicely).
  • Leave in a dark place for a couple of days or weeks depending on how strong an elderflower flavour you would like.
  • Strain through a muslin cloth and into a bottle.

This makes a great cordial for hot or cold drinks and an excellent addition to salad dressings. It can be drizzled over meat, fish or even strawberries.


You can even use it in a cocktail: 1 serving gin, a squeeze of lemon, 1 serving of elderflower vinegar, topped up with soda water or lemonade and ice.


Try throwing in some rose petals for another unique twist!


Credit: Sue Evans, via Facebook

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