Belvoir's original cordial made from fresh-picked elderflowers and lemon juice, this timeless mix has a wide array of applications, including white wine, sparkling water, gin and tonic, fruit salad, sorbet or even a hot toddy.
Handmade drinks from the heart of the countryside Belvoir Fruit Farms nestles deep in the English countryside in the idyllic Vale of Belvoir. We've been making cordials here for nearly 30 years, pressing fresh fruit and infusing flowers to mix with the famous Belvoir spring water. Renowned for our elderflower drinks, we still use the same elderflower recipe developed by co-founder Mary Manners all those years ago.
Originally, all the elderflowers were handpicked from bushes growing around Lord and Lady John Manners garden. The whole family helped to make the first batch of elderflower cordial, chopping the lemons and stirring the syrup. Lord John then popped the 88 cases of drinks into the back of his car and went round local farm shops, persuading the owners to buy a bottle here and there. Today, demand is so high that Belvoir calls on the local community to help with the harvest, picking flowers from our own orchards and from hedgerows in the surrounding countryside.
To achieve the unique taste of Belvoirs elderflower products, it's essential to use nothing but fresh flowers. Peverel Manners, Lord Johns son, says: The secret of a really good elderflower cordial is to use masses of flowers that have been picked in the sunshine when they're warm and heavy with yellow pollen, then get them into the vat within three hours. This gives the drink its delicate floral taste.