This sparkling elderflower gin cocktail is a delicate, floral, spritzy drink that’s perfect for a weekend brunch or early aperitif. It’s so simple and fresh. And I really love how light the drink is, especially right now in the dredges of winter. It’s a refreshing sparkling cocktail that everyone will love.
what kind of sparkling wine works with elderflower liqueur?
A fruity Charmat Method sparkling wine is the best fit for this cocktail (and for elderflower liqueur in general). They’re fruit forward and filled with flavors of tree fruit, white flowers and citrus. Prosecco is the most popular of these sparkling wines, and it’s the perfect match for this elderflower cocktail!
On the other hand, traditional method sparkling wines (such as Champagne or Cava) will add yeasty, toasty, brioche notes to the drink. These complex notes are delicious, but they may get lost in the drink. I prefer to enjoy these sparkling wines on their own or in a very simple drink (like this champagne cocktail). And the traditional method sparkling wines are a lot more expensive, too.
And of course, use your favorite gin here. The flavors will really shine with the fresh lemon and honeyed elderflower liqueur. If you don’t like gin, vodka can also be used for a lighter flavor.
what is elderflower liqueur?
Elderflower liqueur, such as St Germain, is a mix of eau de vie (unaged brandy), neutral grain spirit, sugar, and an elderflower infusion. The infusion is made by macerating fresh elderflowers in warm water. This method extracts the intense aroma of the flowers. The elderflower harvest happens every spring, then the flowers are quickly transported and processed for the best flavor. The floral infusion is blended with alcohol and sugar to create a balanced liqueur, then it is bottled.
Elderflower liqueur is a delicate, sweet, floral liqueur that has flavors reminiscent of lychees, pears and honey.
what flavors go with elderflower liqueur?
Elderflower liqueur pairs especially well with citrus, fresh fruit and herbs. I love to use it in light, zesty cocktails to balance out the sweetness and floral notes.
Below are a few ideas of flavor pairings:
- fresh citrus: grapefruit, lemon, lime, blood orange
- stone fruit: peach, nectarine, plum, apricot
- melon: honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe
- berries: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry
- fresh herbs: basil, thyme, mint, rosemary
- alcohol: gin, vodka, unaged tequila, cachaça, pisco and sparkling wine are great blending options
Mix and match a few flavors that sound good and have fun!
sparkling elderflower gin cocktail
This sparkling elderflower gin cocktail is a delicate, floral, spritzy drink that’s perfect for a weekend brunch or early aperitif. It’s an easy and refreshing cocktail that everyone will love.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 3/4 oz elderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain)
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 3 oz sparkling wine
- lemon twist, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and bitters. Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds.
- Pour into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 317
- Sugar: 8.6g
- Sodium: 11mg
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: elderflower gin cocktail