From the Alps to Your Apéritif
Cocktails made with elderflower
Elderflower has gone from a little-known herbal remedy to a flavor embraced by bartenders, thanks to smart marketing by the importers of St-Germain elderflower liqueur. They’ve definitely fueled the trend, but you can get your flowery fix from pressé or syrup, too. The subtle yet complex flavor comes through in all these cocktails.
6. Bichon Frisé. The Greyhound isn’t the only cocktail named after a canine. Adding elderflower liqueur to the grapefruit-vodka libation cuts the tang of the grapefruit juice and makes the drink less mouth-puckering than a traditional Greyhound.
7. The Corsican. An homage to Corsica’s multinational roots, this drink combines French and Italian liqueurs in a way that is, like many things Corsican, unique and unclassifiable.
8. Girasol. This cocktail uses homemade saffron-cardamom bitters, but it’s worth the few days you have to wait. The yolk-hued bitters mix with amontillado sherry and elderflower liqueur for a sultry take on elderflower cocktails.
10. Angel’s Share. The small amount of liquor lost during distillation is called the angel’s share. The angels would be equally happy with this refreshing bourbon-and-pressé combination.
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