Elderflower Sorbet Recipe

(136 ratings)

  • Low-fat
Makes1 litre
Preparation Time10 mins plus infusing overnight and freezing
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories148 Kcal7%
Sugar39 g43%


  1. Place the sugar and 1litre (1 ¾ pt) water in a large saucepan, bring slowly to the boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Increase the heat and boil the sugar syrup for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest and juice and the elderflower heads. Cover and leave to infuse overnight.

  2. The next day, strain the elderflower syrup into a clean bowl and churn in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have a machine, then place the elderflower syrup in a large lidded plastic container and freeze. Remove from the freezer after a couple of hours and stir well then refreeze and repeat the process.


  • 750g (1lb 10oz) caster sugar
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 10 elderflower heads
Top Tip for making Elderflower Sorbet

To prevent the delicate flower heads getting damaged don’t wash elderflowers, but be sure to give them a good shake so that any small insects are removed.