11 Elderflower Cocktail Recipes That Are As Delicious As They Are Pretty
Anytime a cocktail arrives with an edible flower on the side, we can hardly contain ourselves. There’s something so special about receiving flowers, even if it's in cocktail form. If you’re one who gets giddy at the thought of a floral-tasting cocktail, then you’re going to love these elderflower drinks, which star elderflower liqueur. Fun fact: Elderberries (from the same plant as elderflowers) have been used medicinally to combat common ailments. When paired with alcohol and juice, the possibilities for elderflower are endlessly sweet. Scroll for yourself to see what we mean.
Ollallieberry Cocktail: Grab your favorite berries to make this irresistible cocktail. Elderflower liqueur and ollallieberries, a blackberry and raspberry hybrid, give the cocktail a sweet-tart balance. The mezcal adds a smokey layer in every sip. (via Honestly Yum)
Elderflower Gin Cocktail: You’ll be blushing all day long when you taste the elderflower liqueur with hints of peaches, pears, and lemons. Garnish it with thin slices of fruit and a small white flower to enhance the presentation. (via Louise Roe)
Thyme Elderflower Gimlet: If you’ve got a hankering for something light and refreshing, look no further. This gimlet is made with a thyme simple syrup. (via Freutcake)
Raspberry Elderflower Martini: Lemons and raspberries are muddled together, and sparkling wine is poured on top for a lovely blossoming of flavors on your palate. (via Port and Fin)
Gin, Elderflower, and Summer Fruit Cocktail: As soon as watermelons are back in season, break out this recipe. (via Chew Town)
Strawberry Elderflower Sparkler: This pinkish-red drink will make your heart skip a beat with the strength from the vodka and sweetness from the fresh strawberries. Prosecco is also poured in, making it even more exciting and bubbly. (via A Beautiful Plate)
Elderflower Mint Julep: Cool down with this cocktail made with mint, bourbon, and simple syrup. It’s just what you deserve after a long, hard day. (via The Noshery)
Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail: Just look at those deep purplish rings surrounded by orange rinds. One ounce of blood orange juice brings this drink alive with irresistible color AND flavor. (via The Little Epicurean)
Elderflower Spanish Gin and Tonic: The simpler the drink the less room for error. To nail this one, do a 3:1 ratio with the majority of the glass being tonic. (via Craft and Cocktails)
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail: This glass is in good company with gin and elderflower liqueur. Some raspberry-thyme simple syrup increases the sweetness. (via Love Happy Hour)
Elderflower Sangria: Rosé, mint, and melons dance together in a tall tumbler for this sangria. It comes together in just 10 minutes, but it's worth waiting for the flavors to meld. We know, torture. (via Garnish With Lemon)
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Yasmein James is a food writer living in New Jersey, but her heart’s on the other end of The Lincoln Tunnel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating her way to the most authentic ethnic restaurants in her travels. And writing all about it on her lifestyle blog, She’s Facing Freedom.