It seems like every menu I see these days includes at least one cocktail with this unique ingredient. And you know I like to be on trend - so here's my take on an elderflower drink.
The elderflower has a very brief spring growing season - mostly in Northern Europe, and presents with a flavor that is both delicate and distinct. And while it is very trendy at the moment, apparently the elderflower cordial dates back to Roman times.
St-Germain Liqueur is by far the most ubiquitous and the bottle would make a beautiful addition to any home bar. However, I opted for the Saft Flader concentrate sold at IKEA in order to have the option to make an equally refreshing non-alcoholic version. Well, then there's fact that IKEA is one of my favorite things and I'll take any excuse to go there and wander around.
But let's start with the version that puts the happy in the hour.
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 2 T elderflower concentrate
- juice of 1/2 lime
- Fresh sage for garnish
Fill cocktail glass with lots of crushed ice, add gin, concentrate, lime juice and then top with Prosecco or any sparkling wine. Add a few sage leaves for garnish and don't forget to "spank" it first.
Spanking = placing leaves in one palm, slapping it a few times with the other palm and then adding it to your drink. A little trick I learned from Imbibe Magazine and it really works to release just the right amount of flavor from the herb - and it's kind of funny to say.
For the non-alcoholic version, omit the gin and replace the sparkling wine with sparkling water. You can adjust the concentrate to taste, but 3 tablespoons should be about right for 8-10 oz of water.
Skål! (That's how they say cheers in Sweden)