If you love floral cocktails half as much as I do, this magical rosewater and elderflower gin and soda is about to be your new go-to. She's simple, balanced, bright, and perfectly sweet.
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At it's core, this cocktail is super straightforward. If you want to knock it out of the park, rim your glass with some sugar and crushed dried lavender.
St. Germain elderflower liqueur is the star of the show, brightened up with a dash of rosewater and some fresh mint.
Soda water balances and opens up the gin, and keeps the cocktail perfectly sweet without going overboard.
Rosewater Gin and Soda Ingredients
St. Germain is a beautiful French liqueur made from hand-picked elderflowers. If you've never tried it, I seriously recommend grabbing a bottle to have on hand. It's a perfectly balanced, natural aperitif that can be added to tons of simple cocktails.
- St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- fresh mint
- club soda
- crushed dried lavender (optional)
- sugar (optional)
Play with different gins to find your preferred flavor profile for this cocktail. I've had this cocktail with Beefeater and Hendrick's and it's stunning, but it's a fantastic cocktail with cheaper gins.
Elderflower Gin Cocktail Instructions
- Optionally- start by rimming your old fashioned glass with some sugar and crushed dried lavender (just make sure it's food-grade). Lemon juice, lime, or a little club soda all work great to get your sugar to stick.
- In your cocktail shaker, combine two ounces of gin (use your favorite or opt for something floral and botanical to pair with the elderflower and rose), 1 oz of St. Germain, 4-6 torn up mint leaves and some fresh ice.
- Shake it for 10 seconds, with enough vigor to break up those mint leaves.
- Strain over fresh ice into your old fashioned glass. Top her off with club soda and a dash of rosewater. Garnish with some fresh mint and enjoy!
Play around and adjust the amount of mint leaves and rosewater to suit your taste preferences.
- St. Germain - If you can't find St. Germain, experiment with other floral or fruit liqueurs to create your own unique twist.
- Dried Lavender- swap for fresh lavender, or just use sugar!
- Gin - If you're not a gin-lover, try this cocktail with your favorite vodka.
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Elderflower and Rose Gin and SodaPrint Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 4-6 mint leaves torn
- club soda to top
- 1 dash rosewater
- 2-3 mint leaves to garnish
- 1 teaspoon crushed dried lavender optional
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar optional
- Optionally, rim the glass with crushed lavender and sugar.
- In a shaker, combine gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, torn mint leaves, and ice.
- Shake vigorously until chilled. Strain the mixture over fresh ice in a glass.
- Top with club soda. Add a dash of rosewater for a fragrant twist.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
- Experiment with the gin-to-elderflower liqueur ratio to find your preferred balance of flavors.
- If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, consider adding a touch of simple syrup.
- Adjust the mint leaves to your taste preference - more leaves for a stronger minty aroma.
- Rosewater intensity can vary, so start with a small dash and add more if desired. Start small and work your way up so you don't overpower your drink.
- Glass rimming with lavender and sugar is an optional luxurious touch. Use culinary lavender for safe consumption. Club soda, lime, or lemon juice all work perfectly to get your sugar to adhere.
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