Elderflower liqueur, courtesy of St-Germain, quickly gained a cult following. This new liqueur had a delicate floral flavor and a fruity taste. Mixologists and drinkers have discovered that the botanical is an excellent addition to various spirits, herbs, and spices. The versatility of elderflower liqueur has made it a staple on cocktail menus all year round. Here are 11 cocktail recipes to try.
Harvest Sour, St-Germain
Recipe by Earlecia Richelle, NAM Brand Ambassador
Richelle says the Harvest Sour is “earthy, rich, and full of aromatic fall flavors.” It shows off elderflower liqueur versatility when paired up with other ingredients. This recipe is a beautiful way to show off your mixology abilities and warms your body with fig, fennel, and cognac. Aquafaba can be used as an alternative to egg whites by vegans.
1/2 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Cognac
1 tbsp of fig preserve
3/4 oz lemon juice
Half an egg white
Add the preserves to the cocktail shaker, lemon juice, and cognac. Then add the remaining ingredients. Shake without ice first, then add some ice. Shake again. Double strain in a chilled glass. Garnish with pollen, fennel, and fresh fig.
Elderfashioned, Heimat NY
Ute Londrigan is the founder of Heimat NY. The brand was created based on a 100+-year-old liqueur recipe from her German family. Learn more about Heimat.
Londrigan describes this recipe as “a modern twist on an old-fashioned classic cocktail.”
2 oz Whiskey
0.75 oz Heimat New York Elderflower
2 dashes Bitter
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled glass, and garnish with an orange zest twist.
Elderflower Gin and Tonic, Doya Miami, FL
Recipe from Doya’s beverage director, Anthony Media
Media says that the Nordes gin-and-tonic is a refreshing drink with floral complexity, thanks to the combination of herbaceous gin with elderflower tonic. The elderflower’s rich floral scent is one of its most intriguing properties. It reminds you of fresh peaches, juicy pears, and many other things.
2 oz Nordes Gin
4 Slices strawberry
1 Spring of Dill
London Essence Orange & Elderflower Tonic 5 oz
Mix ingredients with ice in a glass and stir. Enjoy your tonic on top.
Josh Tipsy Spritz, Josh Cellars
Recipe by Joseph Carr, founder and owner of Josh Cellars.
Carr says this simple spritz will spread the holiday cheer from the first days of winter until the end of the New Year. The floral notes in St-Germain bring out the flavors of Josh Prosecco, such as green apple, pear, and citrus.
3 oz Josh Cellars Prosecco
1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Lemon twist recipe
Pour prosecco into glass. Add St-Germain. Add a lemon twist to garnish. Enjoy!
Sophia, Bar Zazu, Las Vegas, NV
Miklos Katona is the Director of Beverage for Bar Zazu and Brezza in Resorts World Las Vegas.
Katona says, “We display unique digital art in Bar Zazu that showcases the ‘Donas of Zazu.’ Sophia is one of them. She is beautiful but very approachable and intriguing, like the cocktail with her name.
1 1/2 oz Ketel One Vodka
1/2 oz Italicus
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz hibiscus syrup
One cucumber slice (messy).
Use a pinch of sea salt
1 oz. 1 oz.
St-Germain (glass mist)
Combine the first six ingredients. Add cava to the glass and, using an atomizer, spray it with St-Germain.