The Elderflower Cocktail: A Floral Champagne Drink

Elderflower Cocktail
S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Ratings (6)

The Elderflower Cocktail is a fantastic, refreshing cocktail that will make a delightful addition to brunch or any garden party. It is both floral and sparkling, the perfect drink to enjoy on a spring day.

This simple cocktail is also called the St. Germain Cocktail because of the elderflower liqueur that is often mixed into it. If you prefer, there you can skip the St. Germain and ​make your own elderflower cordial, which is a fun springtime project when the tiny white flowers come into bloom.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the liqueur and Champagne over ice in a chilled collins glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

More Tips for Making the Elderflower Cocktail

The Wine. When it comes to choosing the wine for the Elderflower Cocktail, you have a number of options. Because of the liqueur's sweetness, it is often best to choose a dry Champagne (those marked 'Brut'). If you like, switch to another sparkling wine like Italy's Prosecco or Spain's Cava.

We are also adding soda to this cocktail, which means that your wine does not have to sparkle. Instead, you can choose a dry white wine like a Pinot Grigio, Riesling, or Sauvignon Blanc.

The Elderflower Liqueur. Prior to the 2007 release of St. Germain Liqueur, we needed to make our own elderflower cordial for this cocktail. While St. Germain makes the drink even easier to make, you can revert to the old ways and take on this fun DIY project anyway.

Elderflower cordial is a favorite in the U.K. because the islands are plentiful with the flowers in spring. If you're lucky enough to have elderflower in your area, harvest the blossoms (you need a lot) and use this recipe to make a non-alcoholic elderflower cordial at home. Spike it with a little vodka if you like.

Alternatively, you can make an elderflower liqueur by starting with a flower-infused simple syrup. Add this to your favorite vodka and play around with the syrup to liquor ratio until you get a nice, soft, floral flavor with just a hint of sweetness.

Another option is to infuse the vodka directly with elderflower then add simple syrup to sweeten it. However, many people have not had as much success with this approach.

A Non-Alcoholic Variation. If you would like to serve the same drink to your non-drinking guests, it's very easy. Simply begin with an alcohol-free elderflower cordial or syrup and top it with club soda or ginger ale.

How Strong Is the Elderflower Cocktail?

The Elderflower Cocktail is a delightfully light cocktail. With the addition of soda, we actually bring the drink's strength back down to that of the average bottle of Champagne, despite adding a liqueur. On average, you can expect this drink to have an alcohol content of about 13% ABV (26 proof).