Gin and tonic with elderflower

St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

I bought some St Germain elderflower liqueur last week; It is delicious and I can highly recommend it. I also bought some Black Zephyr gin which includes elderflower and elderberries among its botanicals (although the details of this will have to wait for a different post).

This got me to thinking and I ended up experimenting with adding a little elderflower liqueur to gin and tonic. The results were incredibly pleasing – it sweetens the G&T somewhat but adds a delightfully delicate undertone of elderflower to the mix. I played around with different ratios and fruit and have settled on the following recipe.

  • 1 shot (generous) of Black Zephyr gin
  • 1 shot (lean) of St Germain elderflower liqueur
  • Tonic water to taste
  • Half a slice of pink grapefruit

The grapefruit adds just enough flavour to counterpoint the sweetness of the elderflower and provides an extra layer of subtlety and complexity; a truly refreshing summer drink.

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6 thoughts on “Gin and tonic with elderflower

  • November 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    I’ve always been a fan of Sapphire though I recently was turned on to Blue Coat. It’s pretty tasty!

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    • November 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm
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      Bluecoat isn’t one I’ve tried yet and seems to be fairly hard to get hold of in the UK. Definitely on the radar though.

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  • November 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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    What does elderflower taste like? I’ve heard it described as “floral” (duh), but can’t find any more specific opinions.

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    • November 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm
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      Elderflower has a fairly unique taste.
      It is very fresh and sweet with strong hints of lychee, lesser hints of lemon and generic “flower”. Very good for cleansing the palate.

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