Elderflower Lemonade


Elderflower Lemonade

You know when your mom tells you the same story over and over and over and you just nod your head and act like you’ve never heard it before. This is called being nice. I do this all the time. Love that woman but OMG.

I almost started to tell you that I go to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market every Sunday to buy produce but I feel like you know this very boring story and I’ll probably tell you this story again when I share the rest of this very spring brunch so I’ll just say that this elderflower came from the market.

Elderflower Lemonade

Elderflower Lemonade

Elderflower Lemonade

I’ve been wanting to make elderflower syrup for a few years but I always miss my window. The good news is that if you walk around your neighborhood and live out a scene from Kinfolk, you can clip any suckles or edible florals that you find: honeysuckle, elderflower, lavender, etc,. and use this recipe as a base.

I simmered the elderflower in sugar and water and then allowed it to steep for 1 hour. This resulted in the most fragrant, sweet syrup. It was so delicious. I squeezed a bunch of lemons and added water, chilled the whole thing and BOOM! The most delicious fragrant lemonade ever.

Elderflower Lemonade

The good news is that elderflower, lavender and honey suckles are in bloom from now until the end of June so you gotz all the time to live your like foraging human

Elderflower Lemonade

Elderflower Lemonade

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Serving Size: 6 TO 8


  • 1 cup fresh or dried elderflower, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cups filtered water


  • To a medium saucepan, add the elderflower, sugar and water. Set over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then immediately turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow to steep for 1 hour. Pour the syrup through a strainer and into a pitcher and discard the elderflowers.
  • To the strained syrup, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and top with the water. Refridgerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. To serve, add a few ice cubes and then garnish with elderflower.
Serving: 6g
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  • Reply Carol Ruzicka May 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    But I’m going to try the white elderberry flowers too and compare lemonade taste! fun!!

  • Reply Carol Ruzicka May 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I started making this concoction last year and was blown away by the divine taste elderflowers give lemonade! Truly like nectar of the Gods as one might say. I only have 2 large sambucas nigras so I plan to buy or cultivate at least 3-4 more plants for both purposes of fragrance on the tree and using the flowers for lemonade! I’m thrilled to have found this luscious drink, thank you!

  • Reply giselle June 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    random but I love those scissors!! where can I find some?! Also, I made this for a breakfast party and everyone loved it!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      oh awesome! yay!! i got them from anthropologie but it seems like they no longer have them in stock 🙁

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      oh yay awesome! i got the scissors at anthropologie unfortunately they’re out of stock 🙁

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect May 24, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Oh this looks so good. I am on the hunt for elderflowers in the UK as they will be coming into season soon.

    As they say, everything tastes better when it’s free. I’ll be sure to use this recipe when I get my elderflowers.

    • Reply Carol Ruzicka May 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      I don’t think you’ll get the same taste from the wild white elder flowers. It’s the pink blossoms from the Black elderberry “sambuccas nigra” that have the intense fragrance and delicious infusion.

  • Reply Bianca May 24, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Amazing pics!!!


  • Reply Michelle || Hummingbird High May 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

    oh man, this looks bomb. i could never find fresh elderflower when i lived up in pdx, but maybe it’s more accessible in california?

    • Reply Kay September 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Not that it’s relevant to you any more .. they sell them at the Portland nursery so you can have your own elderberry plant and get flowers and berries every year. I did this.

  • Reply Kari May 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I’ve never worked with Elderflowers before. Thanks for the photos breaking it down!

  • Reply Sam Jamieson May 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Thanks so much I’ll go check it out.

  • Reply Sam Jamieson May 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Do you know any other farmers markets in Los Angeles (does the Hollywood one have them consistently or is it a once in a blue moon thing this season) that have them or where one could get seedlings? I have my Swiss great aunt’s recipe for the syrup (as well as a few ways to use it- like in mini pineapple tarts) and have never seen them in Los Angeles.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 23, 2016 at 10:38 am

      i don’t, hollywood is the only one i know of. and around this time of year, it absolutely has them consistently. the one vendor that has them is closest to hollywood blvd. and they sell all sorts of berries! the elderflower didn’t smell THAT fragrant, but once I allowed it to steep in the syrup, it was really delicious and tasted exactly like elderflower.

    • Reply Lauren May 26, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Mexican elderflower grows wild all over Los Angeles. You can go forage in Griffith Park where there are tons of trees if you can’t find flowers at the farmer’s market. I have seen them for sale at Santa Monica Farmer’s market too.

  • Reply Alice May 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Yummmm! For me summer isn’t summer without elderflower, I love it so much. #addicted

  • Reply Liora (Allthingsloveli) May 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I have to keep my eye out of Edelflowers next time I go to the farmer’s market- I’ve never noticed them before!

  • Reply Ashlae May 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Whenever we make a trip to IKEA (UGHHH), Thom always has to get a pack of those elderflower juice boxes because he loves them so. Dude is gonna shit when I put a pitcher of elderflower lemonade in front of him.

  • Reply Matt May 23, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I want this all summer long, such a great idea!