The elderflower is a cordial drink that is perfect for spring season, and for the type of occasion such as a garden party. There is a bit of a double meaning in that sentence, as the “elderflower cordial” is actually a soft drink made out of water, sugar, and the elderberry (native to Europe). This drink is still consumed in Europe to this day, and has roots back to ancient Rome.
There are even elderflower teas that are associated with herbal medicine to this day. The cocktail could contain your own elderflower cordial, should you choose to take the DIY route, but often times is created by mixing in elderflower liqueur. Regardless, the elderflower cocktail is usually reserved for a formal party, and is a light cocktail that won’t tire your guests while they are outside, in the sun. Essentially, it is a great way to enjoy champagne, or wine, with a floral twist.
- 3 ounces of champagne, or dry white wine.
- 2 ounces of elderflower liqueur
- 1 ounce of club soda or soda water
- Pour the liqueur and champagne over ice into a Collins glass.
- Top it off with club soda.
- Collins glass
- Stirring spoon
Feel free to choose the wine and soda of your choice, as they will clearly affect the overall taste and tone of the cocktail. The St. Germain elderflower liqueur that was released in 2007 has certainly made these cocktails much easier to make, because before this year, elderflower cocktails had to be created by creating your own elderflower cordial. Of course, this could be a great project to make the cocktails more lively, but certainly doesn’t work for a time-sensitive party or situation. Some drinkers choose to add simple syrup, sometimes even a flower-infused variety. It should also be noted that the drink is popular mainly within Europe, and hasn’t spread widely beyond that region whatsoever. If you are throwing a family-friendly event, one perk of serving the cocktail is that you can also serve elderflower cordial alongside of it, providing a great option for people who do not consume alcohol. The next time you are throwing a garden or lawn party, or simply want to celebrate spring in a unique way, try out the elderflower cocktail for your next party!