Homemade Elderflower Syrup

Homemade Elderflower Syrup

You can make this homemade elderflower syrup with only a few ingredients in a few simple steps. This is a super quick and easy recipe to prepare and only needs your patience as you will have to let it steep for 1-2 days.

Ingredients for this elderflower syrup recipe

This recipe only needs a few ingredients to make:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Citric Acid

Using the water and sugar you will make a syrup first. Then you add the Citric acid to it.

  • Elderflower
  • Lemon zest

Make sure you shake the elderflower before using it to remove any bugs still inside the. Don’t wash them cause that will destroy the petals.

The lemon zest will bring a nice, subtle lemon flavor into the syrup which will go very well with a cocktail. You can easily omit the lemon zest if you only want the elderflower flavor and no citrusy taste to it. You can also use lime zest instead of lemon zest. This version would be great for cocktails that use lime in them too.

How to make homemade elderflower syrup:

Make the sugar syrup

To a big pot add the water and sugar. On medium heat bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pot off the heat and add the citric acid and mix everything well.

Make the elderflower syrup

Add the elderflower to the sugar syrup. Make sure they are completely covered with the sugar syrup mixture. Next zest a lemon. Make sure you only peel the yellow part. The white part is bitter and you do not want that flavor to soak into the syrup. Add the zest to the pot and also cover completely. Cover the pot with a towel and let it steep for 24-48 hours. You have to let the mixture steep for at least 24h. At 24h you will have a very subtle elderflower flavor. At 48h you will really taste the floral flavor of the elderflower itself.

After letting the syrup steep get a second pot ready and put a sieve on top. Lay a thin cloth into the sieve and pour the syrup trough it. This will separate the syrup from the elderflower. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth by wringing it out.

Now sterilize your bottles and make sure they are hot! I usually do that with our steamer. Check out my post where I explain 3 different ways on how you can sterilize your bottle: How to sterilize your jars – Oh Sweet Cultureshock

Bring the syrup to a boil. Once boiling fill the hot syrup into the hot bottles and instantly close them. By filling in the syrup hot into a hot bottle and closing it, you seal the bottle which will keep the syrup fresh. Let the syrup cool and it is ready to use.

Elderflower Syrup

Where to use homemade elderflower syrup in:

  • Water: Simply just mix it with water and drink it that way.

  • Use it in Mocktails: For example the mocktail version of the Hugo explained in the same post

Storing and storage life

Keep your finished elderflower syrup in a cool and dark spot. It’s storage life is about 6 months. Once the bottle is opened make sure you keep the syrup in your fridge and use it up within a few weeks.

Elderflower Syrup

Homemade Elderflower Syrup

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rest time 2 d
Total Time 2 d 1 hr
Course Condiment
Calories 3961 kcal

Equipment

  • Pots
  • Bottles
  • Thin cloth (ex: cheese cloth)

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 l water
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 20 g citric acid
  • 10 elderflower blossoms
  • 1 lemon only the zest

Instructions
 

Sugar syrup

  • To a big pot add the water and sugar.
  • On medium heat bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Take the pot off the heat and add the citric acid and mix everything well.

Elderflower syrup

  • Add the elderflower to the sugar syrup. Make sure they are completely covered with the sugar syrup mixture.
  • Next zest a lemon. Make sure you only peel the yellow part. The white part is bitter and you do not want that flavor to soak into the syrup. Add the zest to the pot and also cover completely.
  • Cover the pot with a towel and let it steep for 24-48 hours.
  • Get a second pot ready and put a sieve on top. Lay a thin cloth into the sieve and pour the syrup trough it. This will separate the syrup from the elderflower. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cloth by wringing it out.
  • Now sterilize your bottles and make sure they are hot!
  • Bring the syrup to a boil.
  • Once boiling fill the hot syrup into the hot bottles and instantly close them.
  • Let the syrup cool and it is ready to use.

Notes

  • Elderflower: Make sure you shake the elderflower before using it to remove any bugs still inside the. Don’t wash them cause that will destroy the petals.
 
  • Steep: You have to let the mixture steep for at least 24h. At 24h you will have a very subtle elderflower flavor. At 48h you will really taste the floral flavor of the elderflower itself.
 
  • Lemon zest: You can easily omit the lemon zest if you only want the elderflower flavor and no citrusy taste to it. You can also use lime zest instead of lemon zest. This version would be great for cocktails that use lime in them too.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 3961kcalCarbohydrates: 1010gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 62mgPotassium: 169mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1001gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Homemade, Sweet
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