This Elderflower gin cocktail recipe is delicious! Use your favorite brand of gin, plus St. Germain and homemade simple syrup for a refreshing drink for happy hour or pre-dinner cocktails.
St. Germain Cocktail
Today’s cocktail time is one of my favorite creations! It incorporates some spirits that I’m currently craving, and has a very “crafted” quality.
It’s well balanced with sweet, tart, floral, and fizz!
The Botanist Gin
The Botanist Gin is the perfect base for this cocktail recipe. It’s a small batch artisanal gin with very good ratings. It also didn’t hurt that the bottle is attractive and the price was competitive with the classic Hendrick’s Gin.
I discovered it a few years ago as I was looking for something different and wanted to give gin a try. Gin has such a “vintage” vibe in a glamorous Great Gatsby sort of way.
My husband and I did some test sipping to rate it ourselves and we were both so impressed! It’s not as dry as Hendrick’s, but the flavor is delicately floral and it goes down smooth.
How to Make It
St. Germain Elderflower liqueur is still making a strong showing after a couple of years trending. We should all know by now how good it is added sparingly to a glass of champagne, but it’s also fantastic in this drink too!
- Start with two ounces of good Gin. I love The Botanist gin for this cocktail. Other good options are Hendrick’s and Aviation.
- Squeeze the juice from half a lemon using this bar tool for the greatest of ease in juicing.
- You’ll need a half an ounce of simple syrup. Make your own – it’s so easy, or buy a good quality brand in the bar mixer department.
- When it comes to using Elderflower liqueur, a little goes a long way. The most popular choice is St. Germain and you only need 1/2 ounce per drink for this cocktail.
- Top this drink with sparkling mineral water to get the fizzy effervescence. I really like Pellegrino for this, but you can use Perrier or any sparkling water brand.
- Combine the first four ingredients in a glass over ice. Top it off with sparkling mineral water and enjoy!
Combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store covered in the refrigerator up to a month.
Cocktails With Gin
Here are more cocktail recipes using gin as a main ingredient.
- 2 ounces good Gin
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup - see Notes below
- 1/2 ounce Elderflower liqueur like St. Germain
- 2-3 ounces sparkling mineral water like Pellegrino
- Combine first 4 ingredients in a glass over ice.
- Top off with sparkling mineral water and enjoy!
To make the simple syrup, combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan, over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store covered in the refrigerator up to a month.