Make Your Own Elderflower Mocktail Syrup

elderflower mocktail in champagne flute

Living an alcohol-free life doesn't mean sacrificing delicious and refreshing beverages. Mocktails are the perfect alternative to alcoholic drinks, and with the right ingredients, you can create an array of tantalising flavours. In this blog, we will guide you through the process of making your very own elderflower mocktail syrup. Elderflower, a delicate and floral ingredient, is in season from May to late June in the UK, making it the perfect time to indulge in this fragrant treat. Let's dive in and explore the recipe for the syrup and a delightful elderflower mocktail to enjoy!

Recipe for Elderflower Mocktail Syrup


  • 50 grams fresh elderflower blossoms (or 25 grams dried elderflowers)

  • 480 ml water

  • 480 ml granulated sugar

  • 2 lemons, sliced

  • 15 ml citric acid (optional, for preservation)


  1. Start by gathering fresh elderflower blossoms and ensure that they are free from dirt and insects. If fresh elderflowers are not available, you can use 25 grams of dried elderflowers instead.

  2. In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely.

  3. Add the elderflower blossoms (or dried elderflowers) and lemon slices to the saucepan. Stir gently to combine.

  4. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.

  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for approximately 20-30 minutes.

  6. Once cooled, strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean container, removing the elderflower blossoms and lemon slices.

  7. If desired, add the citric acid to the syrup and stir well. Citric acid helps in preserving the syrup for a longer duration, but it is optional.

  8. Transfer the elderflower mocktail syrup to a bottle or jar and store it in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to a month.

elderflower syrup

Elderflower Mocktail Recipe: Elderflower Fizz


  • 30 ml elderflower mocktail syrup

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Sparkling water or soda water

  • Ice cubes

  • Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)

  • Lime wedges (for garnish)


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour in the elderflower mocktail syrup.

  3. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the glass.

  4. Top off the glass with sparkling water or soda water, stirring gently to combine.

  5. Garnish the mocktail with fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge.

  6. Serve the elderflower fizz immediately and enjoy!

elderflower fizz

The joys of elderflower! 

By making your own elderflower mocktail syrup, you can savour the delicate flavours of elderflower while enjoying a refreshing beverage that fits perfectly into your alcohol-free lifestyle. Take advantage of the elderflower season in the UK, to gather the freshest blossoms for your syrup. This homemade syrup can be stored in the refrigerator, allowing you to create an assortment of elderflower-based mocktails whenever the mood strikes. So, gather the ingredients, follow the simple steps, and raise a glass to a delightful and alcohol-free elderflower mocktail experience. Cheers!

Posted on June 2nd 2023

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