When I am invited to a cocktail party, “bring your own beverage to share”, I promise I will be most inclined to bring a cocktail rather than a bottle of wine.
While making appetizers for the party, my husband decided to mix up the Elderflower Martini. What I like about this drink is that it it uses vodka and gin – so I think that it appeals to both sorts of martini lovers. And, we are using a new variety of gin, St. George’s Botanivore. As described by them, this gin “is comprised of 19 different botanicals working in concert. Think of a meadow in bloom—herbaceous, fresh, and elegant.” I like botanical gins for mixing in drinks. My husband is a purist when it comes to gin for making martinis – he likes it dry (Hendrick’s and Plymouth seem to be his current favorites). From what I have tasted of St. George’s Botanivore, I think I will like using it in my drinks.
Ingredients: 1 oz gin, 1 oz vodka, 1 oz St. Germain (or other elderflower liqueur), 2 oz sweet and sour, lime wedges.
This recipe (found here) calls for homemade sweet and sour, for which they give the recipe. I did not make homemade sweet and sour for this, but that is on my bucket list for the summer. Start by pouring the ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously. Squeeze a wedge of lime into a martini glass. Strain the shaker contents into the glass and enjoy.
As I said, I do think this will appeal to both gin and vodka martini lovers. I will note that the St. Germain certainly adds a floral sweetness that some may not prefer to the traditional martini. But, it is very pleasant to drink – and more like a martini than some drinks that go by that name. I found it refreshing. I did not drink more than a few sips because, well, it was his and I was focused on making my own drink to take along. However, I plan to make one for myself in the near future.
My husband did not make his drink for sharing. I, on the other hand, felt that I could not show up empty-handed – imagine the shock if word of that got around! I figured the Sparkling Cranberry & St. Germain Pitcher Cocktail would be perfect and fit the theme for this month’s experiments. I made some slight modifications to the original recipe, found here.
Ingredients: 1 cup vodka, 3.5 oz elderflower liqueur, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1.5 cups club soda, ice
Pour the ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Add ice.
I found the vodka flavor to be a little overpowering in this drink. I would recommend adjusting the elderflower liqueur and cranberry juice to your tastes – I added more of both. Be forewarned that, especially in the summer, the ice will melt fast and dilute the cocktail. It is good, but I found the taste a little strong. Once the ice melted, it was easier to drink – I even added more ice. Overall, a good drink option for a party when you are looking for something different than the traditional punch or sangria.