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Elderflower Cordial Ice Lollies

Elderflower is beautifully fragrant and growing around many of our gardens and country lanes at this time of year. Homemade elderflower cordial is so much more delicious than anything you can buy and is the perfect drink to enjoy on warm, sunny afternoons. 

There are a huge number of elderflower bushes throughout Perthshire, just ready and waiting for foragers to gather their sweet, delicious harvest.  Please do be thoughtful of others though - simply take enough for your recipe and come back another day for more.  

As well as tasting delicous, elderflower is one of the oldest herbs cultivated by man, containing as it does, many powerful antioxidants. Over the years it has been used to treat asthma and allergies and it’s also said to combat hayfever.

What to do with Scottish elderflowers in season?

One of Mother Nature's most wonderful gifts, Elderflowers come into blossom in July and flower for the entire month. Considerate foragers will know that around 25 large elderflower heads will make 3 or 4 bottles of cordial – make sure you pick them on a dry day and don’t pick heads that have any trace of brown blossom on them. 

Once chilled, the cordial is delicious served over ice with sparkling water and sliced strawberries dropped in as a garnish; but if you prefer your drinks on the harder side, add a good slug of gin or vodka for a perfect summer cocktail.

The ice lollies are super tasty and will be a huge hit with the kids. If you want to add an adult twist on the ice lolly then why not freeze your alcoholic cocktail concoction? Perfect for a boozy BBQ!

Preparation Time:
30 minutes
Cooking Time:
24 hours
Serves: 40


  • 1.5 litres of water
  • 1 kg granulated or caster sugar
  • 25 elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 4 lemons
  • 60g citric acid (you can buy this in your local pharmacy)


    1. In a deep saucepan, heat the water and at the same time add in the sugar. Heat the water until all the sugar dissolves, stirring now and again. 
    2. Fill a washing bowl with cold water and clean the flowers heads by swishing them around the water to remove any dirt or bugs.
    3. When cool add the lemons (zested and sliced), the citric acid and the elderflower heads to the saucepan. Stir well and leave covered for 24 hours.
    4. After 24 hours, strain the juice through sterilised muslin, and then carefully transfer to sterilised bottles.
    5. The cordial is ready to drink straight away. To make ice pops, dilute the elderflower cordial with water and pour into an ice pop mould. Add the ice pop sticks and freeze overnight, then enjoy!

    If you have a tasty gin cocktail suggestion using elderflower cordial, then why not enter our Wee G & T Fest cocktail competition - you could win a fabulous gin hampr from Provender Brown?