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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.32 / 5 (81 votes)

Prep time:
5 min, plus extra for cooling
Cook time:
20 min
10-15 glasses

Relive the taste of the great outdoors with this traditional British soft drink recipe by Tristan Stephenson


1. Place all of the ingredients, except for the sugar and soda water, into a large saucepan and boil for 20 minutes.

2. Filter the mixture into a serving jug, through a sieve lined with a tea towel or muslin cloth. Whilst the mixture is still hot, stir in the sugar until dissolved. Leave the mixture to cool.

3. To serve, add 200ml of soda water to every 50ml of syrup in the jug and stir well, then pour over ice in glass tumblers.


  • 600 ml cold water
  • 1 tsp ground burdock root
  • 1 tsp ground dandelion root
  • 2 cm piece ginger, sliced
  • 1 whole star anise, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 300 g granulated sugar
  • soda water

Tips and suggestions

You can keep any extra syrup mixture in the fridge for up to a week, adding fresh soda water for a quick homemade dandelion and burdock soda. For an alcoholic version, replace the soda with tonic water and gin.

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Hi Phil, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this recipe. If you're interested in trying other homemade drinks please see our homemade liqueur recipes: [link]

SarahGoodFood SarahGoodFood  Posted 18 Nov 2013 12:27 PM

Tristan, either you a) have never tasted real dandelion and burdock, or b) didn't test this recipe. It sucks. It tastes of sugar and mild ginger. Wasted an entire morning hunting down ingredients and making this stuff. I rate it one star because they don't do black holes.

PhilA36142 PhilA36142  Posted 15 Nov 2013 5:56 PM