Episode #085 – Elderflower Liqueur Cocktails

While you may know of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, there are many other excellent brands to explore and more than enough cocktails to try them in.

Elderflower is truly one of the great modern success stories in cocktail ingredients, only being around since 2007 (roughly the takeoff point for the iPhone). Alex & Jordan tackle this mystifying ingredient made with infusions of the tiny flower in today’s episode. You’ll hear about:

  • What elderflower liqueur is
  • How to make it yourself
  • A few brands to explore
  • How to use it in a cocktail as both a feature ingredient and compliment


Elderflower Smash

  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 ½ oz Elderflower liqueur
  • ½ lemon
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Muddle the mint, lemon juice, and Angostura and then add the gin and elderflower and shake, strain, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Elderflower Mule

  • 2 oz gin or tequila
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz grapefruit juice
  • ¼ oz of Elderflower liqueur
  • 4 oz ginger beer

Combine liquor, lime, grapefruit, and Elderflower in a glass and then top with ginger beer.

La Lumiere

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower liqueur
  • ¾ oz Green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • Dash of orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with one large cube. Garnish with an orange peel.


Recipe for Homemade Elderflower Liqueur from Homemade Liqueurs & Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss


  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 ½ cups dried elderflower blossoms
  • 3 Bartlett pears, seeded, stemmed, and chopped
  • Pulp from one passion fruit
  • Finely grated zest from ½ lemon
  • 1 ¼ cups Simple Syrup


  1. Combine the vodka, vermouth, elderflowers, pears, passion fruit, and lemon zest in a half-gallon jar. Stir to moisten everything.
  2. Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of flowers and fruit, 7 to 10 days.
  3. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer into a clean quart jar. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.
  4. Stir in the simple syrup.
  5. Seal and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Use within 1 year.