Elderflower syrup

Perfect for the original Hugo cocktail and delicious lemonades!
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Elderflower syrup

This delicious recipe for elderflower syrup is easy to prepare and makes the perfect base for fine aperitifs, refreshing summer drinks and creative cocktail recipes. In addition, the homemade syrup is perfect as a small gift for friends and relatives. In addition, also process for baking, for example, as a fruity honey substitute.

When collecting the flowers, make sure that they are ripe. Elderberry blooms from May to July and the maturity of its inflorescences can vary greatly depending on location and weather. Before you blithely pick away, do a quick taste test. If the elderflowers taste intense and sweet, they are ripe and suitable for your homemade syrup.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Perform Time72 hr
  • Total Time72 hr 30 min
  • Yield3 liters
  • Serving Size50 g
  • Energy126 cal


For the elderflower syrup

  • 2 L water
  • approx. 30 elderflowers
  • 50 g citric acid (food grade)
  • 2 untreated lemon (organic)
  • 2 kg sugar

This is what you need

  • Large pot
  • fine sieve
  • Hanger bottles


First, carefully shake out the flowers, and then scan them for insects. Then remove the coarse stems from the flowers and set aside.
Only wash your flowers under running water in exceptional cases, as this washes away many of the aromatic pollen.
Bring the water, citric acid and sugar to the boil in a sufficiently large pot until the sugar and citric acid have dissolved. Meanwhile, wash the lemon hot, dry it and cut it into thin slices.
Remove the pot from the heat and add the elderflowers and lemon slices to the hot liquid. Then close the pot tightly with a lid or cling film and let the elderflower syrup steep for 3 days at room temperature.
Pour the syrup through a fine sieve into a saucepan and bring to the boil again. Pour the still hot syrup into the provided glass bottles with the help of a funnel and close them directly. Store the bottles in a cool and dark place. Your homemade elderflower syrup is ready!
  • Nährwerte

  • 64 servings per container
  • Serving Size50 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories126
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Carbohydrate30.9 g275 g11.24%
  • Total Sugars30.9 g
  • Calcium0.3 mg1300 mg0.02%
  • Iron0.1 mg18 mg0.56%
  • Potassium0.6 mg4700 mg0.01%
  • Phosphorus0.2 mg1250 mg0.02%
  • Iodine0.094 mcg150 mcg0.06%
  • Magnesium0.4 mg420 mg0.1%
  • Chloride0.8 mg2300 mg0.03%
  • Alkohol g

What is elderflower syrup suitable for?

Whether as a honey or sugar substitute in tea, for flavoring cakes to the classic elderberry lemonade. You can use your homemade elderflower syrup in many ways in the kitchen. For a refreshing soda, mix it with mineral water in a 1:3 ratio. The delicious lemonade not only tastes great to children, but also contains only natural ingredients.

A real classic: elderflower syrup with sparkling wine or prosecco*. This simple but delicious welcome drink is great for summer parties.

More ideas on how to use your homemade elderflower syrup:

  • Elderflower ice cream
  • Elderflower sauce
  • on pancakes (substitute for maple syrup)
  • as a fruity sweetener in tea or smoothie
  • for flavoring cakes or creams.

Hugo – The Tyrolean cult cocktail with elderberry

Homemade elderflower syrup literally screams for a freshly made hugo. So forgo the creepy ready-made mixes and whip up the refreshing and delicious classic welcome treat for your guests in no time.

You can find the original recipe for a Hugo here >

Properly disinfect the bottles for syrup

Cleanliness has the highest priority in the preparation of syrup. Otherwise, harmful bacteria and mold can spread and ruin all your efforts. Therefore, boil your syrup again before bottling to kill any bacteria that may have settled in the last three days. To prevent your elderflower syrup from becoming bitter, remove the flowers and lemon slices beforehand.

Bacteria can also sit on the inside of the bottles, which can later spread in the syrup. It is therefore important that you either boil the bottles beforehand or sterilize them in the oven (approx. 10 minutes at 150 °C). Attention: Separate the brackets from the false beforehand. The rubber gasket can’t take the heat.

The simplest variant is rinsing with active oxygen cleaners from brewery supplies. These kill bacteria with the help of active oxygen and are popular among hobby brewers. I have used this cleaner successfully for years to clean the bottles for my homemade kombucha before bottling.

How long is the shelf life of elderflower syrup

How long your homemade elderflower syrup will keep depends a lot on the storage conditions. It is best to store it constantly cool and in a dark place. The refrigerator is perfect for this and will keep your syrup fresh for up to a year unopened.

Why did my elderflower syrup turn bitter?

If your syrup has a noticeable bitter note, it is almost always because the stems were not cleanly separated from the flowers. Especially in the thick stems sit many tannins that can get into the syrup during production. Therefore, be sure to cleanly separate the flowers from the stems.

Another reason could be that you boiled up the lemon peel as well. It also contains bitter substances that pass into the brew when it is boiled and bring an unpleasant bitter note to the syrup.

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