Happy Friday everyone! I got good news for you, it's time to get your drink on! St. Patrick's day is almost here, and spring around the corner - things just call to be bright and green.
Since gin and tonic is probably one of my favorite drinks out there, I thought of giving it a twist by using elderflower lemonade instead of tonic water. In the summer, elderflowers are at their peak and grow all over the countryside in Ireland. Elderflower cordial and syrup are pretty popular in Ireland, as well as in Scandinavia and Germany. You can create a delicious elderflower syrup by steeping the blossoms in warm simple syrup overnight. This cocktail is light and clean, and not too sweet. It makes for a welcome change from your conventional gin and tonic. Happy weekend!
Elderflower Gin Cocktail
1 teaspoon St. Germain liqueur
3 oz. elderflower lemonade
2 oz. good quality gin (I suggest Hendricks)
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice (plus slices for garnish)
make it :
Pour the St. Germain liqueur into the glass, then add the gin. Gently stir. Add some ice cubes and pour the elderflower lemonade on top, squeeze in the lime juice and stir again. Garnish with the lime and some fresh snipped clovers.
Note: You can find Belvoir's lovely elderflower leomande and cordials at many retailers, like whole foods, the fresh market, world market, amazon and, of course, at www.belvoirfruitfarms.com.