How to make your own Elderflower syrup

It’s Elderflower season again! (vlierbloesem in Dutch) Time to sneak into the park at dusk or dawn when no one is watching and pick a few branches with the fragrant white flowers. Yes, here in the Netherlands it’s a crime to pick flowers in public places, so ssssshhh don’t tell any one I did or I will get a fine. It’s very easy to make and you will enjoy the fresh and tangy flavours on a hot summer’s day. You can mix it with Sprite, tonic, alcohol, or pour it over ice-cream.  Scroll down for the recipe.

Elderflower syrup Elderflower


Elderflower flowers

elderflower syrup making


  • 20 elderflowers , gently shake off any insects & trim any excess branches/leaves
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1.5 kg sugar (I used brown cane sugar)
  • 1.8 liters water


  • Bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve.
  • Once cooled, pour the the sugar-water and all ingredients into a big jar & cover, leave for 36-48 hours, stirring occasionally. (Some recipes say up to 3 days).
  • Then remove lemons & elderflowers and strain the water a few times (if you have a cheese cloth it will help).
  • Pour the syrup into a pot and cook for about 3-5 minutes minutes.
  • Then pour the liquid into clean sterilized glass bottles. Close them. Let them cool before placing in the refrigerator.

Recipe was taken from here.

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