Elderflower Cordial – Feels Like Spring


It’s not quite the season to make your own cordial yet – but there’s no reason why you can’t bring some Spring flavour into your drinks and cooking.

The Freshness of Bentley’s Elderflower Cordial

Ringden Farm has been harvesting apples and making their award winning juices for over 50 years.  It’s currently managed by Chris Dench and his son John and Bentley’s is their new juice dedicated to Bentley Dench who originally established the farm.


Bentley’s Elderflower Cordial is made by our expert juicers at Ringden Farm in Sussex.  The elderflowers are picked locally and the cordial is gently pasteurised in the bottle so the freshness can still shine through.  No chemical flavourings or synthetic additives.

Bottled as a potent double strength, the diminutive bottle will last a while.

Not just a drink

Straight elderflower cordial is delicious, but it has lots of other uses in the kitchen…

Try elderflower dressing to serve with duck

Again, Duck and Elderflower are perfect table partners – try this recipe where elderflower cordial is the base of a deliciously fruity gravy to serve with a light duck roast.

Elderflower drizzle cake has a more floral flavour than a traditional citrus version and is totally delicious with greek yoghurt and honey drizzled over (just remember this cordial is double-strength so reduce the amount in the recipe).

Show off after dinner with homemade elderflower marshmallows – these are delicately tinted with green food colouring but if you prefer natural food colours, then either leave this out or try DIY – some helpful ideas on this blog post here.


Zest up a glass of plain water or add to your g & t…whatever takes your fancy but these elderflower ice cubes are an ingenious idea.

Elderflower and gooseberry are natural partners, so this elderflower and gooseberry relish has a natural balance of sweet, tart and fruity so works well with a variety of dishes – mackerel or other oily fish – or strong mature cheese.

Spring Sussex Elderflower Gin Cocktail

We have been dying to try this one out – particularly with our Sussex Gin:  Blackdown Gin for a smooth,gentle flavour and Brighton Gin for some full-on botanics.

We have a feeling this will be our favourite go-to weekend cocktail as it covers all things Sussex…The original recipe was thanks to the Guardian, who also recommended swapping Peychaud’s Bitters for Rhubarb Simple Syrup.  This is a deliciously sweet/tart flavour which adds bloom to the cocktail and adds grown-up depth.

English country garden cocktail


Guardian food

Makes 2
70ml Sussex gin
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp rosewater (try a DIY version here)
2 tsp elderflower cordial
2 tbsp honey simple syrup (below)
Dash of rhubarb simple syrup

For the honey syrup
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp water

1 First, make the honey syrup: simply combine the honey and water in a saucepan and simmer for 1-2 minutes over a medium heat. Set aside to cool completely before using.

2 To make the cocktail, combine everything in a cocktail shaker along with lots of ice, then shake it all together for 1 minute. Strain into pretty glasses and garnish with a lemon twist, if you’d like.


Elderflower Cordial – Feels Like Spring

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