Elderflower Syrup Recipe Simple and Ingenious

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This time I show you my elderflower syrup recipe. The preparation of the delicious aromatic syrup is easy to prepare. Your greatest effort takes place in nature when collecting the flower umbels.

Elder flowers are available in Germany from May to June. The bush of elderberry often develops wild on roadsides. The flowers are easy to collect – so always take a bag with you when you go for a walk at this time of year, then you can’t miss anything.

Then let’s go with your elderflower yield in the kitchen and prepare the syrup. Have fun with it!

1. Recipe Elderflower Syrup

Here are the step by step instructions. If you have any questions, please use the comment function at the bottom of the page.

Elderflower syrup

Instructions by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 12
Calories 127
Total Time 30 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 0 Min.

Elderflower syrup recipe simple. Step by step instructions for a wonderful syrup with video.

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Elderflower syrup recipe picture
Elderflower syrup recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


12 Stück elderflower
400 g fine brown sugar
300 ml cold water
6 EL lemon juice (I use organic lemon juice)


Elderflower Syrup Ingredients
Elderflower syrup ingredients in the overview

Provide ingredients

Prepare ingredients such as fresh elderflowers, lemons, sugar, water and jampot.

Fresh elderflower umbels

Clean elderflowers

Remove the leaves from the freshly picked elderflower umbels. Remove insects or other unwanted components by hand.

Avoid rough shaking or even washing.

Brown sugar
Weigh sugar for sugar syrup

Weigh sugar

Weigh out the sugar for our syrup.

Prepare sugar syrup
Prepare sugar syrup with sugar and water

Add water

Add the amount of water indicated above to the sugar.

Heat the sugar-water mixture. The sugar should dissolve well. Then cool the syrup.

The next steps only follow after the syrup has cooled down!

Squeeze lemon juice
Squeeze fresh lemons for aromatic lemon juice

Squeeze lemon juice

Squeeze lemon juice. Depending on the size of the fruit, you will need 2 or 3 lemons.

sugar syrup
Ready-boiled syrup made from sugar and water

Sugar syrup ready

We can now continue to use the cooled syrup.

lemon juice
Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the syrup for the elderflowers

Measure lemon juice

We add the measured lemon juice to the cooled sugar syrup.

Fresh elderflowers hanging upside down in syrup
Lay the freshly picked elderflowers upside down in the pot with the syrup

Elderflower in syrup

We put the fresh umbels of elderflowers upside down in the syrup.

Elderflower dipped in syrup
Dip the elderflowers upside down in the syrup to cover the umbels.

Dip elderflowers

Dip the elderberry blossoms well so that the pollen can go into the syrup.

Now refrigerate the elderflowers in the syrup and let them stand for a good 24 hours.

Elderflowers caught in the sieve
Strain the elderflowers through a sieve after steeping in the syrup

Strain the elderflower syrup

Separate the flowers from the syrup using a fine sieve. Catch the valuable syrup well.

Elderflower syrup bottle filling
Pour the elderflower syrup into the bottle using a funnel

Bottle syrup

Using a pitcher or funnel, pour the syrup into a suitable sealable bottle for storage.

Elderflower syrup in Prosecco
Elderflower syrup in Prosecco as an aperitif


Add the elderflower syrup to Prosecco or water and decorate nicely.


If you are still looking for a great seasonal drink recipe for May , I also recommend my Woodruff Punch recipe.

2. Calories and Nutritional Values

3. Tips for Making Elderflower Syrup

I used brown sugar for the syrup when making this photos. Brown cane sugar also tastes very slightly like caramel. In retrospect, I thought white industrial sugar would have been more suitable at this point, because the elderflower has a very fine and aromatic taste. This natural flavor should come better alone.

My Recommendation

Use white, fine industrial sugar or brown raw cane sugar for your elderflower syrup

You can use elderflower syrup not only for Prosecco or sparkling water, I have also discovered it for yogurt, muesli and pancakes as a great addition. I bet you can think of other great uses for the syrup too.

I would like to give you a tip for storage: Please use a bottle that can be closed. My bottle in the recipe has a swing top. Store the syrup best in the refrigerator. This will preserve the aroma and you will enjoy it the longest.

Cleaning the fresh elderflower cones: Under no circumstances should the flowers be washed or rinsed. The aroma comes from the pollen. This would otherwise be washed off with.

Chef Thomas Sixt advises

Do not wash the flower umbels of elderberry in any case. The aroma is in the pollen.

Impressions of elderflower syrup in drink photographed in my own garden.

Prosecco with elderflower syrup kick in glass
Prosecco with elderflower syrup kick in glass in rose garden

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