I wasn’t fancy enough to order cocktails in college or much of grad school. I’m pretty sure the haunts I frequented preferred it that way too. At the time, any elderflower cocktail recipe would have earned me the stare down and being ignored by a bartender…
I remember ordering a cocktail once and got a long stare down from the bartender as if I’d ruined his day. Granted it was a Long Island Iced Tea and the bar was really crowded that night, but hey – I didn’t know what I was doing.
Needless to say this didn’t exactly make me love ordering cocktails. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been opting for cocktails and new ones at that.
My default used to be anything with pomegranate in the name. And even now, I know it’s a good fallback. It’s rarely sugary sweet, but it still has a fruity flavor I enjoy. Sometime on my pomegranate cocktail journey, however, elderflower liqueur appeared and I was swayed to turn down a different default path.
Embarrassingly, I don’t actually know what elderflower tastes like, but I know that I’m yet to find a drink featuring the flavor that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. So now you know if we go out for drinks, pomegranate or elderflower cocktail recipes have my name written all over them!
Make one of these recipes? I’d love to see how it turned out.
Tag me @LMinthekitchen on Instagram and use #LMrecipes, so I can see your creation! xo
St. Germain Elderflower Cocktail Recipes
SPIRITS + APERITIFS
clockwise from upper left
Ruby Red Cocktail (gin) // Aperol Paloma Cocktail (aperol)
Blackberry Cosmopolitan w. Orange Bitters (vodka) // Elderflower Smash (gin)
Honeydew + Mezcal Margarita w. Chipotle Syrup (mezcal)