8 Tasty Elderflower Cocktail Recipes You'll Adore
January 13, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
If you love a drink that is fresh, fruity, and soft, with lingering notes of pear, lychee, and tropical flavors, you’ll adore elderflower cocktails. Elderflower liqueur is a wonderful cocktail ingredient to have around the house and can be used to make all sorts of captivating mixed drinks.
Elderflowers also symbolize new beginnings, so if you’ve been looking for a new cocktail avenue to explore at home, step right up to discover our picture-perfect elderflower liqueur cocktails.
1. Elderflower Gin cocktail
This Elderflower Gin cocktail is one of those amazing drinks that’s is super simple to compile, but tastes gorgeous nonetheless. Add ice cubes to a chilled glass, squeeze over some fresh lemon juice, and pour in 2 oz Bulldog Gin, and 1 oz elderflower liqueur. Charge with 3 oz tonic water and garnish with a few mint or lemon balm leaves.
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2. Elderflower & Strawberry cocktail
Arguably one of the most delightfully summery cocktails with elderflower liqueur in the mix, the Elderflower & Strawberry cocktail is a crowd-pleaser of note. We love making strawberry cocktails like these at the height of summer when berries are in season. This is also a good time to make your own strawberry syrup.
Add a handful of washed, hulled strawberries to a cocktail shaker with 1 oz of lime juice and the peel of half a lime, muddle together and remove the lime peel. Add 2 oz Bulldog Gin, 1 oz elderflower liqueur, 0.5 oz simple syrup, and an egg white to the shaker. Dry shake without ice for 10 seconds, then add ice and wet shake for another 10 seconds. Double strain into a serving glass, garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve.
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3. Daisy Cutter Martini cocktail
Of all the types of martinis out there, the Daisy Cutter is perhaps the most fabulously floral. This elderflower vodka cocktail calls for 1.5 oz SKYY Vodka, 1 oz Cinzano Vermouth Bianco, 1 oz elderflower liqueur and 0.25 oz Chartreuse liqueur. Shake all the ingredients with ice, fine-strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with mint leaves.
4. Thyme Elderflower Gimlet cocktail
Keen to try cocktails with elderflower liqueur that venture into a more herbaceous space? Then you’ve got to shake up the Thyme Elderflower Gimlet. This floral-tinged riff on the classic Gimlet combines 2 oz Bulldog Gin, 1.5 oz elderflower liqueur, 1.5 oz fresh lime juice, and 0.5 oz thyme simple syrup, which is added to a cocktail shaker with ice. This is shaken until well-chilled and then poured into a rocks glass, ice and all.
TOP TIP: Here’s a guide to making infused simple syrup that will show you how to make DIY thyme syrup.
5. Elderflower Whiskey Sour cocktail
The iconic Whiskey Sour is one of those ever-popular mixed drinks that always makes a splash, and we love this spin-off that incorporates some floral notes. Add 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice, 1.5 oz Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, and 1.5 oz elderflower liqueur to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist, if preferred.
6. Floral Daiquiri cocktail
Every now and again, it’s nice to whip up a showstopper of a drink. This is when we like to pour a Floral Daiquiri. Start by swirling 1 oz of creme de violette liqueur in a chilled glass. Next, muddle a few fresh blueberries in the base of a cocktail shaker, then add 2 oz Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.5 oz lavender simple syrup, and 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur, along with ice. Shake until frosty, and fine-strain into the liqueur-rinsed glass.
The lavender-infused simple syrup called for in this recipe is made in the same way as the thyme syrup used in the Thyme Elderflower Gimlet. Read more about making DIY syrups here.
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7. Blood Orange Elderflower Gin cocktail
Another fanciful gin and elderflower cocktail that sips oh-so-beautifully, the Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail combines 1 oz Bulldog gin, 0.75 oz elderflower liqueur, 0.5 oz lime juice, 2.5 oz ginger ale, and 1 oz blood orange juice. Build the gin, liqueur, lime juice and ginger ale in a glass, then top it with ice. Now, slowly pour over the blood orange juice, and garnish it with blood orange slices.
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8. Elderflower Champagne cocktail
We love summer Champagne cocktails with a twist, and this compelling composition is truly remarkable. Beautiful for brunch, it calls for 2 oz elderflower liqueur, 3 oz Champagne, 1 oz club soda, and a lemon twist to garnish. Pour the liqueur and Champagne into a glass with ice, top with the club soda, stir gently, garnish with the lemon twist, and serve.