Elderflower lemonade is tasty take on honey lemonade. This delicious lemonade is made with fragrant elderflowers, sweet honey and tart lemons. If you are looking for a refreshing cold beverage is enjoy while sitting outside on the porch during late Spring and early Summer, this is the recipe to bookmark!
How to Make Delicious Elderflower Lemonade
Elderflower lemonade is a refreshing beverage that is full of flavor! This light lemonade is easy to make and tastes amazing!
I think one of my favorite things about the transition from Spring to Summer is that you can move your kitchen table outside. Sitting outside while enjoying good food and conversation seems to make everything taste better.
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Why Should You Make This Recipe?
You should totally make this recipe because it’s:
Flavorful – if you’ve never enjoyed elderflower in a recipe before, you don’t know what you are missing.
Refreshing – lemonade is great on a hot Summer day, however, adding these ingredients really takes it to a new level.
Easy – this recipe is easier to make than you think.
- You can either make your own simple syrup or buy it.
- If you don’t have honey on hand, feel free to use maple syrup.
- Even though this recipe uses water, if you want to add some bubbly, you can use sparkling water instead.
- Be sure to include only the flowers and remove as much of the stem as possible as the stems can be toxic.
- The stems on the garnish flowers are alright as long as they do not sit in the lemonade for a prolonged amount of time and are not ingested.
- The flowers are edible and safe.
- The Elderflower Simple Syrup will need to be made in advance. Preferably up to 48 hours before hand, however, overnight is fine too.
- We also chose to save the lemon halves and added those to the lemonade pitcher. We found that this helped to keep the flavor intact as the ice melted. Even after 5 cups of ice had melted, the flavor stayed the same
What Does Elderflower Taste Like?
Elderflowers have a very unique taste. Think of it as a combination of the pears and tropics.
What Does Elderflower Pair With?
You can pair it with Gruyere as well as lamb. You can also make cakes, pies, and even jams with Elderflower! Rhubarb pares wonderfully with it.
Is It Poisonous?
The roots, seeds, and stems are poisonous.
Is Drinking Elderflower Good for You?
There is research out there is suggest that there may be some health benefits to Elderflowers. However, as with all things, do your due diligence and do your own research.
Can you Make Elderflower Lemonade into a Cocktail?
You can add gin, strawberries, and a splash of club soda to make it a tasty Spring Cocktail. If you are more of a vodka fan, you can add that instead of the gin.
What’s the Difference between Elderflower and Elderberry?
They are somewhat similar as they come from the same tree. However, elderberries can NOT be eaten raw, and they are made into something you can eat, like gummies. Elderflowers can be made into things, like lemonade and consumed.
Step by Step Instructions
You will find a complete list of ingredients and instructions below in the printable recipe card. Here are a few in-process photos.
Step 1: Get your ingredients together to prepare the simple syrup ahead of time.
Step 2: You will need to bring the honey, elderflower clusters, water, and lemon juice to a boil in a small saucepan.
Step 3: You will need to let the syrup cool naturally on the counter (still in the saucepan) overnight. Then the next day, you will strain the flower out of the syrup so you can pure natural syrup.
Step 4: In a large pitcher, add in your lemon juice, simple syrup, water, and ice. Stir together and enjoy!
- Glass pitcher
- Small pot
- Fine strainer
- 1/2 c honey
- Elderflowers from 6 umbles clusters
- 1 c water
- Juice from half a lemon
- 5 lemons
- 4 c water
- strained Simple Syrup
To Make the Elderflower Simple Syrup
- Combine the water, honey and flowers together in a small pot and bring just to a boil and then turn off the heat. Stay with and watch the pot the entire time as it will come to a boil extremely quickly.
- Let the syrup cool naturally on the counter and then cover and chill overnight.
- Strain the flower out of the syrup, being sure to get all of the sweet goodness out of the flowers by pressing on them and then discard the leftovers.
To Make the Lemonade
- Juice the lemons through a fine strainer, juicer, by hand, your preference, just keep the seeds out of the finished lemonade.
- Add the lemon juice, water, simple syrup and ice to a pitcher and mix.