Home Made Elderflower Syrup

Creating your own elderflower syrup at home is a delightful and rewarding process that brings a touch of elegance and aromatic sweetness to your cocktails. Elderflower syrup is a versatile ingredient that can elevate a variety of drinks, adding a unique floral note that is both refreshing and sophisticated. Here’s how you can make this exquisite syrup at home, and why you’ll want to add it to your home bar repertoire.

The Process:

Making elderflower syrup is surprisingly simple and involves just a few steps. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 20-30 elderflower heads
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon of citric acid (optional, for preservation)


  1. Harvesting Elderflowers: Pick elderflower heads on a sunny day when they are fully open and fragrant. Ensure they are free from pesticides and other contaminants. Shake gently to remove any insects.
  2. Preparing the Flowers: Remove the flowers from their stems (the stems can be bitter). You can do this by gently pulling the flowers off with your fingers or using a fork.
  3. Making the Syrup Base: In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved to create a simple syrup.
  4. Infusing the Syrup: Remove the pot from heat. Add the elderflowers, lemon slices, and citric acid (if using) to the syrup. Stir gently to ensure the flowers are fully submerged.
  5. Steeping: Cover the pot and let the mixture steep for 24-48 hours in a cool, dark place. This allows the syrup to absorb the delicate flavors of the elderflowers.
  6. Straining: After steeping, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the flowers and lemon slices. Pour the syrup into sterilized bottles or jars.
  7. Storing: Store the elderflower syrup in the refrigerator, where it can last for several weeks. For longer storage, you can add citric acid or pasteurize the syrup by heating it before bottling.

What It Adds to a Drink:

Elderflower syrup adds a subtle yet distinctive floral note to cocktails and other beverages. Its light, aromatic sweetness enhances the flavors of vodka, gin, champagne, and even non-alcoholic drinks. It brings a refreshing and sophisticated touch that can transform ordinary cocktails into extraordinary experiences.

Uses in Cocktails:

  • Elderflower Vodka Collins: Mix elderflower syrup with AVIV 613 Vodka, fresh lemon juice, and club soda for a refreshing twist on a classic.
  • St. Germain Martini: Combine elderflower syrup with AVIV 613 Vodka and dry vermouth for a floral and elegant martini.
  • Elderflower Spritz: Blend elderflower syrup with sparkling wine and a splash of soda for a light and bubbly aperitif.

Why Make Your Own at Home:

Making elderflower syrup at home allows you to control the quality and flavor of the syrup. You can ensure that the flowers are fresh and free from any additives. Homemade syrup is often more fragrant and flavorful than store-bought versions, providing a richer and more authentic taste. Additionally, crafting your own syrup is a rewarding experience that connects you to the ingredients and the process, enhancing your appreciation for the final product.

By making your own elderflower syrup, you can enjoy a versatile and luxurious ingredient that elevates your cocktails and adds a touch of homemade elegance to every drink. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty and bounty of nature in your own kitchen. Cheers to crafting something special!