Elderflower liqueur is something I never would have thought to try had a friend not recommended it a few years ago. And ever since then, I’ve been adding it to all sorts of drinks. As far as cocktails go, this sweetly floral liqueur has been truly changed my world.
A little splash of St. Germain with a gin and tonic, vodka and club soda, or glass of sparkling wine has really lifted my standard cocktails of choice to a new level. That goes doubly for less-than-stellar glasses of sparkling wine (or even regular white wine). In all seriousness, this liqueur has saved many a bottle of almost-undrinkable white wine gifts from the trash.
The perfumey sweetness of the liqueur and bright citrus flavor from the Meyer lemon make for a light and refreshing yet not overly sweet cocktail when combined with the neutral flavors of vodka and bubbly club soda. Or if you are having Sandra Lee over for her notoriously way-too-boozy cocktail time have some extra sparkling wine laying around or want an extra-festive drink, swap the club soda with a bubbly champagne float atop the cocktail.
Vodka and Elderflower Sparkling Lemonade
1 Meyer lemon
4 to 6 ice cubes
2 oz. vodka
1 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
club soda or sparkling wine
parsley or basil sprig for garnish
Cut two thin slices off the lemon. In a tall, thin glass, layer 2-3 ice cubes, then 1 lemon slice, then another 2-3 ice cubes, then final lemon slice. Pour vodka and elderflower liqueur into glass. Top with club soda or sparkling wine. Stir well, and garnish with parsley sprig.