Elderflower Cocktails

These elderflower cocktails celebrate the fresh, floral flavor of St. Germain. Try elderflower liqueur in everything from a gin & tonic to a champagne cocktail.

champagne pouring into a french 77 cocktail

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Elderflower liqueur is the spirit your home bar has been missing! It brings a fresh, floral flavor to all kinds of drinks, from champagne cocktails to mojitos.

Fresh elderflowers grow on the elder bush, which is the very same plant (Sambucus nigra) that produces the berries used in elderberry syrup, another popular cocktail mixer.

elderflowers growing on a bush

This floral liqueur has lots of versatility and pairs well with a number of spirits and flavors. It is most commonly mixed with gin, champagne and vodka, but it’s also delicious with bourbon, rum, tequila and apéritifs like Aperol.

It even works with white wine and sake. It brings the perfect balance to fruity and botanical flavors like citrus, herbs and ginger.

A French liqueur, St. Germain is the most popular brand of elderflower liqueur, though there are likely others at your local liquor store, such as St. Elder, Bols, Fiorente and Chase.

Now, who’s ready to make some elderflower cocktails?! Grab your cocktail shaker and a bottle of St. Germain, and let’s get into the top recipes you can make with this popular liqueur. Hope you find a new favorite!

Psst… not drinking? You can use elderflower syrup to make some elderflower mocktails.

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Say cheers to the new year with an Elderflower French 75! It's a floral take on the classic champagne cocktail with lemon, gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. (via feastandwest.com)
French 77
The French 77 is an elderflower champagne cocktail that is excellent year-round. It’s essentially an Elderflower French 75, which is made with gin, dry champagne and fresh lemon juice. It is equally refreshing in the summertime or toasting for New Year’s Eve. Add a lemon twist to make it feel a little fancier!
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elderflower rose gimlet in a gold-rimmed stemless cocktail glass with pink garden roses and limes on a white background
Elderflower Rose Gimlet
This romantic, floral Elderflower Rose Gimlet has a bouquet of elderflower liqueur, gin and rose water and tastes just like a garden of fresh flowers!
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A French cocktail with a grapefruit garnish.
French Blonde Cocktail
Try the French Blonde cocktail, a light, refreshing and slightly bittersweet cocktail that exudes sophistication. Made with gin, grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, Lillet Blanc and a dash of lemon bitters, this citrus cocktail is simple to put together yet feels fancy. Plus, it might be Taylor Swift’s new favorite cocktail.
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A glass of Elderflower Gimlet with ice and a gold spoon.
Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Welcome spring with a refreshing a classy elderflower gin cocktail! This delicate beverage is perfect to sip on at any fancy party, and it’s so easy to make!
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Two martini glasses with lime slices and a bottle of gin.
French Gimlet
Mix up a French Gimlet, the height of sophistication and luxury. Made with gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and a hint of sweetness, this classic cocktail is a must-try.
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A drink for the Preakness Stakes, the Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail is so named for the Maryland-shaped blanket of yellow flowers that is draped around the winner's neck. Vodka and elderflower liqueur join pineapple, orange and lime juices for a sunny drink worthy of race-watching. (via feastandwest.com)
Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail
Made with vodka, elderflower liqueur and the juices of pineapple, orange and lime, the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail is a sunny, citrus cocktail for summertime. It's the official drink of the Preakness Stakes horse race.
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www.foodbanjo.com
Hugo Spritz
The Hugo Spritz is a delicious low-alcohol cocktail. This elderflower spritz is so refreshing and the bubbly makes it perfect for sipping!
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xoxobella.com
Elderflower Mojito
This delicious elderflower mojito is a breeze to prepare. You only need 6 ingredients, and the fruity, floral flavor of elderflower pairs beautifully with fresh lime juice and white rum.
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www.theculinarycompass.com
Elderflower-Old Fashioned
This Elderflower Old-Fashioned puts a floral take on the classic bourbon cocktail. It's sweet and light, making it oh-so-refreshing.
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whereismyspoon.co
Elderflower Gin & Tonic
Refreshing and flavorful Elderflower Gin Cocktail with tonic water and lemon, this will become your favorite summer drink.
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limoncellokitchen.com
Sunflower Cocktail
Gin, lemon and elderflower liqueur combine to make this cheery and festive cocktail. A finishing touch of absinthe gives it a sophisticated flavor and complexity.
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www.thelittleepicurean.com
Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail
The refreshing elderflower gin cocktail gets a pop of color and flavor from the addition of blood orange juice. It tastes very clean and fresh, almost like a white sangria.
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theforkedspoon.com
Elderflower Grapefruit Gin & Tonic
Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic is a combination of sweet grapefruit juice, fragrant rosemary and elderflower liqueur added to herbal gin and tonic water. The result is a fresh-tasting, refreshing and beautiful cocktail you can enjoy year-round.
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aseasonedgreeting.com
Sparkling Elderflower Pomegranate Cocktail
Need a sparkling cocktail that’s perfect for entertaining? This pomegranate cocktail with vodka and St. Germain is just that. It’s a delicious libation any time of the year.
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www.bonappeteach.com
Earl Grey Gin Fizz
Take the floral, notes of bergamot in classic Earl Grey tea and combine them with the herbal flavors of a good gin. Shake with an egg white for the best fizz!
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alittleandalot.com
French Pear Elderflower Martini
This elegant cocktail is a simple mixture of pear vodka, elderflower liquor and champagne. It's deliciously elegant and can be served any way you like — in a martini, cocktail or wine glass.
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mapleandthyme.com
Summer Peach Tea Cocktail
A refreshing combination of peach-flavored iced tea, a peach simple syrup (made with honey!) vodka and elderflower liqueur. This summer cocktail is the perfect way to end a hot day!
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www.cakenknife.com
Sparkling Elderflower Sake Cocktail
Japanese sake plus elderflower liqueur are the perfect match in this bubbly cocktail. The floral notes of elderflower pair well with the fruity flavors of sake, which is Japanese rice wine.
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mixthatdrink.com
Port Elderflower Cocktail
The Port Elderflower cocktail recipe elevates port wine with elderflower liqueur and rum. It's a tasty cocktail that is extra delicious after dinner.
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www.justinecelina.com
Kiwi Elderflower Smash
This springy Kiwi Elderflower Smash incorporates prickly pear vodka with a refreshing bouquet of elderflower liqueur, kiwi and lime — plus a kiss of wine, a dash of bitters and a splash of club soda.
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mediterraneanlatinloveaffair.com
Sparkling Elderflower Cocktail With Grapefruit
This sparkly elderflower vodka cocktail is perfect for the holiday season! Garnish it with fresh flowers for brunch or serve it in champagne flutes for a celebration. It's always a hit.
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Which of these St. Germain cocktails will you try first? Let me know in the comments below!

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