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 cocktails 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 cocktails have my name written all over them!
Of course, you’ll also know that I’ll be hoping to find a drink made with one of these sustainable alcohol brands!
St. Germain Elderflower Cocktails
SPIRITS + APERITIFS
Many of these recipes include fresh fruit and herbs. If that fruit isn’t in season, try swapping out one that is. You can get a complete list of season produce here:
- 750 mL chardonnay wine
- 3 cups frozen pitted cherries
- ¼ cup elderflower liqueur or syrup
- 1 cup club soda
- ⅓ cup simple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 small or 1 large lemon thinly sliced
- Remove 1 cup cherries from freezer. Let thaw.
- In a large pitcher, combine wine, elderflower syrup/liqueur, club soda, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
- In a small bowl, crush thawed cherries to begin releasing juice. Add mashed and frozen cherries and lemon slices to the pitcher.
- Refrigerate at least 2 hour before serving.