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.