15 Delightful St. Germain Elderflower Cocktails

Elderflower cocktail with fresh elderflowers
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An elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain, is an easy way to add the sweet, floral taste to cocktails. This is a very versatile spirit that mixes with everything from Champagne and white wine to gin, vodka, and whiskey. Elderflower cocktails are absolutely delightful to drink, perfect for any occasion, and a fantastic change from the ordinary.

Elderflower drinks are nothing new. Elderflower cordials and syrups have long made an appearance in drinks, both alcoholic and not. This is particularly true in the United Kingdom where the tiny white flowers flourish and homemade cordials are a summer tradition. With its 2007 release, St. Germain (pronounced san-jer-man, 20 percent ABV, 40 proof) gave the flower a global spotlight. The French liqueur with an eau-de-vie base made the flavor accessible to all and is essential for the modern bar.

St. Germain is not the only elderflower liqueur you can buy. It is, instead, the best-known and easiest to find in almost any liquor store. Look for elderflower liqueurs from brands such as Bols, Fluer, St. Elder, and The Bitter Truth. Nonalcoholic elderflower cordials make a good substitute as well.

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    Elderflower Cocktail

    Elderflower Cocktail

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    The iconic elderflower cocktail is a brilliant way to start your elderflower journey. It's delicate, sparkling, and elegant. Plus, the recipe requires just three ingredients: St. Germain, Champagne or white wine, and club soda. Incredibly simple, it's a signature cocktail of the liqueur and one you'll want to share with everyone you know.

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    French Pear Martini

    French Pear Martini

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    The French pear martini is another shining example St. Germain mixed with Champagne. The sparkling wine-elderflower combo is accented with a pear-infused vodka to create a lovely vodka martini. While it's an excellent brunch cocktail, it's also a fantastic addition to a summer dinner party.

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    Waterloo Sunset

    Waterloo Sunset Champagne Cocktail

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    Combine the stunning visual of the tequila sunrise with the elderflower cocktail, and you have the dramatic Waterloo sunset. The recipe begins with gin and elderflower liqueur topped with sparkling wine. Pouring raspberry liqueur ​over a bar spoon fills the flute with elegant, sparkling layers that are sure to impress.

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    Cherub's Cup

    Cherub Cup Cocktail - St. Germain Liqueur

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    The cherub's cup is a delightful little cocktail featuring the perfect pairing of elderflower and strawberries. It's a pretty pink drink made with muddled strawberries, vodka, and sparkling rosé wine, or you can make it with gin. Either way, you won't forget its well-balanced flavor anytime soon.

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    Basil-ica Cocktail
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    A beautifully flavored cocktail, the basil-ica recipe shows of elderflower's mixability. For this cocktail, you'll begin by muddling lemon and syrup with fresh basil, add Plymouth Gin, then a little elderflower. Two styles of bitters finish off the botanical masterpiece in spectacular fashion.

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    Eye Candy

    Eye Candy Cocktail

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    The eye candy cocktail offers a snap of amazing flavors that are sure to wake up your senses. The recipe pairs gin and St. Germain along with lemon juice and simple syrup. Things get really interesting with the flavors of fresh ginger and mint, while a splash of soda gives it new vitality.

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    Green Gin Giant

    JKF in NYC's Green Gin Giant Cocktail Recipe

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    The green gin giant is a winner on many fronts, especially if you love bringing the garden into your bar. It features the cucumber profile of Hendrick's Gin with a muddle of fresh cucumber, basil, and mint. Finish it off with grapefruit soda and enjoy the spoils of your green thumb.

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    For the Record

    Cory Mendonca's For the Record Cocktail

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    Called "for the record," this is an impressive drink that takes a bolder fruit approach to the elderflower cocktail. The recipe will also introduce you to a strawberry-lime hard cider and the grenadine-like Cartron Grenade Liqueur. Its taste is worth hunting down the ingredients.

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    Melon Ball Drop

    Melon Ball Cocktail
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    The melon ball drop is uncomplicated, intriguing, and you might already have everything you need in the bar. In this recipe, Midori takes center stage, giving the drink its sweet melon flavor and green color. It's accented with citrus vodka, elderflower liqueur, and a hint of lemon to create a satisfying and fun green martini.

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    Old Thyme Sour

    Old Thyme Sour Cocktail With Irish Whiskey

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    Pairing Jameson and St. Germain, the old thyme sour is a modern drink filled with classic style. For this recipe, the Irish whiskey and elderflower are accented with fresh thyme, a cinnamon-thyme syrup, and Green Chartreuse. Add an egg white if you like, and enjoy a refreshing new take on the whiskey sour.

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    Peach Punch

    Peach Punch
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    Serve it as a single cocktail or build it into a punch, this recipe is going to delight your taste buds either way. The peach punch showcases an affordable and impressive peach vodka mixed with fresh lime and orange juices and elderflower liqueur. It's a snap to mix up and even easier to drink.

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    Skeleton Key

    Skeleton key cocktail recipe

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    When you're ready for a bold cocktail, try the skeleton key. Designed for Halloween, this mix of bourbon, St. Germain, and ginger beer has a bloody surprise. To finish off the snappy whiskey cocktail, you'll add more bitters than you'd dare for any other drink. It works out rather well.

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    Sparkling Shamrock

    Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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    There's a special elderflower cocktail for St. Patrick's Day as well. The sparkling shamrock combines pear vodka and St. Germain, but this time in a tall, refreshing highball. Cucumber, mint, and either lemonade or club soda round out the recipe, creating a brilliant array of flavors perfect for any season.

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    Pot of Gold

    Pot of Gold Vodka and Elderflower Martini

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    The pot of gold cocktail relies on that stunning cucumber-mint-elderflower combination, too. Those refreshing garden flavors are an intriguing contrast to a snappy ginger beer. Maintain the vodka cocktail's balance of flavors and it will become a new favorite.

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    Aura In Me

    Aura in Me Cocktail With Cardamom and Pink Peppercorn

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    The aura in me recipe comes from the Greek islands and one imaginative bartender's flavor experiments. Genever forms the cocktail's base, elderflower syrup adds a floral touch, while pine honey controls the sweetness and egg white adds its signature foam. Yet, it is the pink pepper and cardamom that make this cocktail a showstopper.