Elderberry Flower Juice

A summer tradition – as soon as the elderberry trees starts blooming, I am on a mission.

Ice Cold Elderberry Flower Juice

Ice Cold Elderberry Flower Juice

I get out early in the morning while the sun is rising and the mist hangs low on the fields, to pick the beautiful white and deliciously smelling flowers.  It’s a Danish tradition, we look at it as a confirmation of summer – the elderberry flowers are blooming and the first strawberries are ready. Then I know summer is here!

Elderberry flowers

Elderberry flowers

Since I moved to the West Coast of Canada I have not seen any Elderberry bushes anywhere. Last year I told my friend how much I missed that tradition and she said – “but I have one!”

So this year she, the dear soul, donated every single flower to my mission – that’s generosity!

Elderberry Flower Juice

40 Clusters of flowers

3 organic lemons

1 1/2 kg Raw sugar – (the original recipe asks for caster sugar to get a clear blonde juice, but I prefer to use the healthier raw sugar)

2 liters of boiling water

Rinse the elderberry flowers, put them into a big bowl. Wash the organic lemons, slice them and put them with the flowers.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Add the sugar – pour over the boiling water and stir till the sugar has dissolved.

Leave it to cool – cover it and put it in the fridge for 3 days to “brew”. Take it out and stir every day.



On the third day strain the juice through a cloth pour it in to distilled bottles. There is no preservative in the juice and therefore it will not last long. What I do to keep it fresh is to freeze it in ice-cube trays, then I can take it out as I need it. Use them as flavorful ice cubes – ie in white wine or in apple juice.

It’s delicious!

Even on strawberries with freshly chopped mint……

Local Strawberries

Local Strawberries


On Ice

On Ice


16 thoughts on “Elderberry Flower Juice

  1. I loved collecting elderflowers when I lived in both England and Spain. Here in Louisiana, they don’t grow :(. I’ve been thinking about ordering some dried flowers, but as I’m sure you know most of the fun is in picking!

    • I am sorry, I can relate – once you have tried picking them and making beautiful juice, you are hooked 🙂 I was so happy when I found them here in Canada!
      Thank you for visiting – have a wonderful weekend!

    • Oh Annie it’s so refreshing – the absolute taste of summer!
      Too bad they did not succeed in your garden! They are quite robust and grow wild in Denmark.
      I recommend another try 🙂

    • Fantastic!! Are you so lucky you have the elderberry bushes in your garden?
      I love Elderberry flower juice so much!
      I think it would taste really amazing in a fruit smoothie 🙂

  2. My mom-in-law loves this elderberry juice so much so she was so happy when we gave her a bottle of syrup that we saw in a German health shop. They are pretty much in bloom now but I don’t know how to prepare them from fresh flowers. Thanks for your recipe, will definitely try this now. 😉

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