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Auntie Ida’s Traditional Hyldebærsaft

It’s elderflower season and we have been enjoying our homemade cordial so much I thought I would share with you my Auntie’s traditional Danish recipe. She kindly took some photos for me from her summer house on a little island called Orø where she makes her Hyldebærsaft every year.


40 Bunches of Elderflowers

2 Lemons, sliced

2kg White Sugar or 500g Brown Sugar + 1kg White Sugar

40g Citric Acid

2 lts Boiling Water

Ida’s Method…

” Elderflower Cordial:

  1. The biggest stalks are cut off and the bunches are put in a big pot.
  2. Two litres of boiling water poured over.
  3. Citric-acid, lemon slices and sugar are added. (You can melt the sugar in the water before adding).
  4. Cover with a lid or plate and let it cool.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  6. Strain off and pour into clean bottles.

You can also pour the liquid into bags and put in the freezer. I sometimes add Atamon to prevent from moulding.

Hugs, Ida ”




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