Elderflower Gin

Type: Drink (Alcoholic)

Difficulty: Easy

Kid-friendly? No

Got an elderberry plant hanging around, and a gin and tonic fan on your gifting list? We’ve got an idea for you! This refreshing twist classic elderflower cordial is sure to make someone smile. This infusion will keep for up to a month.

Elderflowers are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.

You’ll need:

  • 8 elderflower heads, freshly harvested
  • 500 ml gin
  • 1 tbsp honey or golden syrup
  • Strip of lemon peel
  • 500ml clean glass bottle with resealable cap
  • Twine and hole-punched card label (or stick-on label)


  1. Place elderflower heads, lemon peel and honey into a large glass jar or vessel, then pour in the gin. Cap or cover vessel.
  2. Leave to infuse for 24 hours.
  3. Strain through a sieve lined with muslin, then decant into bottle and label. You may like to write a serving suggestion on the label – for example, serve with ice, tonic water and lime.