Pot of Gold Cocktail

Pot of Gold Vodka and Elderflower Martini

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
237 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 237
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 341mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Simple, elegant, refreshing, and quite lovely, that is what you will find in this pot of gold recipe. The vodka cocktail may have just five ingredients, but these are some intense flavors and they work extremely well together.

Reading the recipe, you may think that this will be a gentle, sweet drink—that is until you get to the ginger beer. That single ingredient kicks the flavor up to a new level, adding a snap that contrasts the refreshing flavors of cucumber, elderflower, and mint quite nicely. Overall, for a springtime drink—whether it's St. Patrick's Day or not—this is a gem that may soon become a new favorite.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 4 slices of cucumber and 8 mint leaves.

  3. Add the vodka and elderflower liqueur and fill with ice.

  4. Shake well.

  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then top with ginger beer.

  6. Garnish with the remaining cucumber slice and a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.


  • You may find that you prefer St. Germain Liqueur over an elderflower syrup for the simple fact that it's easy to find. Yet, the syrup can be homemade or purchased at the store; both Darbo and Monin make elderflower syrups that are very good in this drink. Which you choose may just be a matter of what you have on hand.
  • Wake up your mint to make it even more flavorful by slapping the leaves in your palms before muddling.
  • Since the ginger beer is a short pour in this cocktail, think about using one that has a robust flavor to really give the drink a kick. Bundaberg, Q Ginger Beer, and Reed's are all excellent options.
  • Any cucumber will do in the drink, but you may want to seek out English cucumbers specifically. This variety is sweeter and less bitter than the average slicer cucumber. Plus, the seeds are so small that they typically don't get in the way of drinking if they make it through the strainer. With larger cucumber seeds, you may want to remove any floaters.

Recipe Variations

  • One way to give this cocktail a slightly new flavor is to pour a flavored vodka. Some nice options include citrus, melon, peach, pear, pomegranate, and even vanilla.
  • You can also make your own infused vodka flavored with cucumbers or a tropical fruit like mango or papaya, all of which are difficult (if not impossible) to find from commercial vodkas.
  • Rather than mint, try using borage in this recipe. It's a fun herb for cocktails and the flowers and young leaves have a flavor reminiscent of cucumber, so it's a perfect fit for the pot of gold.

How Strong Is a Pot of Gold?

The pot of gold is similar to most martini-style cocktails in that it's a relatively potent drink. When made with an 80-proof vodka and St. Germain, its alcohol content comes in around 22 percent ABV (44 proof). For comparison sake, that's similar to the average cosmopolitan.