Winter is letting up and fragrances of spring is in the air. But spring in Chicago only lasts the and a half days and then BAM – we’re in the dead heat of summer. So to cool off this summer try a light, refreshing Elderflower Fizz to beat the heat in style.
- 2 oz Elderflower Liqueur
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 4 oz Club Soda
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour 2 oz elderflower liqueur into glass.
- Add 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Top with 3 oz club soda.
- With a long handle bar spoon mix
- Top off with 1 oz club soda.
- Sit back and drink to summer.
- Additional Photos & Step-by-step instructions here
A Bottle Going Bad
As I mentioned before I have a bottle of St Germain that’s over a year old and on the way out. And since I allowing it expire would just be wasteful I’ve decided to put it to good use with this humdinger of a cocktail.
What is a Elderflower Fizz?
The short answer is any cocktail with St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and bubbly of any kind. Some folks use sparkling wine – champagne or prosecco – like Trudy Thomas at the Camelback Spa and others use seltzer or club soda. Fever-Tree the producer of tonic water makes there’s with – you guessed it – elderflower liqueur and tonic water. So there’s no hard and fast rules here – only that it has to have elderflower liqueur and is fizzy. That’s it.
Building an Elderflower Fizz
With so many potential bases to choose from becomes overwhelming in a hurry and since I’m not really a huge wine drinker I disqualified recipes with a wine base straight away. Not because I don’t think the drink would work mind you – I actually think a fruity Sauvignon Blanc or fortified Lillet with it’s strong floral notes could be incredible. But wine is not something that’s regularly stocked in my home bar which means that making this cocktail when the mood strikes would require a trip to the store.
Tom Collins. The Tom Collins cocktail is a simple and deceptively flavorful cocktail containing just four ingredients – gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda. The base for the Tom Collins cocktail is the interplay of the lemon and sugar which allow the herbal juniper to subtly present in the glass.
What if, since St Germain Elderflower Liqueur is sweet, I ditched the sugar in the original Tom Collins recipe and traded the elderflower liqueur for the gin? I’d be left with a simple three ingredient cocktail – St Germain, lemon juice, and club soda.
Mixing it up
Figuring out what proportions to mix in took a few tries. The trouble is St Germain Elderflower Liqueur is sweet – like simple syrup sweet – but the flavor is delicate and is easily over powered by the lemon.
So wines are out, what are we left with? As I let my mind wander on this I’m reminded of another summertime favorite of mine – the So here’s where I landed.Pour 60 ml (2 oz) elderflower liqueur into a highball glass. Add 30 ml (1 oz) fresh squeezed lemon juice. Fill the glass with ice ( I guess you could do this step first). Top with 90 ml (3 oz) club soda. Mix it with a long handle bar spoon and use an up-and-down motion to get the thick elderflower liqueur off the bottom and into the drink. Then top off with 30 ml (1 oz) club soda.
You can add of the club soda at once if you’d prefer but depending on your glassware the drink may come close to filling the glass which will make stirring it difficult. Adding the club soda in parts will leave you with some headroom to work with so you’re not flinging your delicious tipple all over the bar.
Drink up … but Slowly
You’ll likely discover (as I did) that the Elderflower Fizz cocktail goes down way (and I mean WAY) too easy. So do try to take it easy and of course enjoy responsibly. Happy summer!