Posted by Jasmine Greene on Sep 14, 2012

Mixer Weekend: 3 Fragrant Elderflower Cocktails

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    Elderflowers are these cute white flowers that grow in bunches. They can be found pretty much everywhere in Europe, Northwest Africa and Southwest Asia. The flowers are very cute and smell of honey, so it’s no surprise that eldflower liqueur like St. Germain are becoming the hit mixer. It’s sweet, delicate yet imparts a very distinctive flavor to almost any drink.

    French 54

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    So some of you may have heard of the French 75, but where I used to work, instead of the traditional gin, lemon combination, we used St. Germain. It’s a lot easier for most people to drink and it’ll complement the sparkling wine perfectly.

    Ingredients

    • 4 oz sparkling wine or champagne
    • 0.5 oz St. Germain

    Equipment

    • Champagne flute
    • jigger
    • lemon or lime twist as a garnish

    Directions

    1. Fill the champagne flute with the proper measurement of sparkling wine
    2. Top with St. Germain
    3. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.

    Ruby Red Flower

    image via merrygourmet.com

    If you don’t like grapefruit then this probably isn’t the best cocktail for you. If you do, though, this is a delicious and refreshing drink. The tanginess and bitterness of the grapefruit really go well with the floral notes from the St. Germain and gin. definitely a winning combination.

    Ingredients

    • 1.5 oz gin
    • 1 oz St. Germain
    • 1 oz grapefruit juice

    Equipment

    • Jigger
    • Cocktail shaker
    • Ice
    • Martini glass
    • Lemon twist garnish
    • Strainer

    Directions

    1. Fill the cocktail shaker full of ice.
    2. Pour all ingredients into the shaker.
    3. Put top back on cocktail shaker and shake for 20 seconds.
    4. Strain into martini glass.
    5. Garnish with lemon twist and Enjoy.

     

    Marguerite

    image via eatdrinkrepeat.com

    You’ve heard of the margarita, but why not try the Marguerite, the french version of the drink. Ok, so maybe there’s no such thing, and maybe we still use tequila, but most of the ingredients are french. That counts…right?

    Ingredients

    • 1.5 oz of white tequila
    • 0.5 oz of lime juice
    • 0.5 oz of simple syrup
    • 0.5 oz St. Germain
    • 0.75 oz of Grand Marnier
    • A splash of orange juice

    Equipment

    • Jigger
    • Cocktail shaker
    • Ice
    • Rocks glass
    • Lime wedge garnish

    Directions

    1. Put all liquid ingredients into the shaker
    2. Top with ice. Securely put the top back no the shaker.
    3. Shake for 20 seconds.
    4. Pour all contents into rocks glass.
    5. Garnish with lime wedge.

     

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      Jasmine Greene
      Jasmine Greene has been a freelance writer for over four years with experience in video game, book and movie reviews. She lives in Manhattan. Nardio is her second of hopefully many (successful) web ventures. When she is not working as an executive assistant or at Nardio, Jasmine volunteers at Kitty Kind so that she can get her crazy cat lady on.
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