I’ve always liked a good gin and tonic. Usually, I stay away from high ball drinks, as I seem to enjoy wine in my old age, but I always make an exception for this cocktail. Today, I’m showing a new twist on this old classic.
I first tried this drink at my book club last month and I was immediately hooked. It was like nothing I’d tasted before but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. The secret ingredient: St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. It has a distinct sweet smell very similar to lychee, but it is made from elderflower: a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. You can find it at almost any liquor store but be prepared to spend a little extra on this special bottle.
I’m kind of a lightweight with hard alcohol so I didn’t make this recipe too strong. Play around with the amounts until you get the taste you are looking for.
Elderflower Gin & Tonic Recipe
- Using a Collins or Rocks glass, fill it with ice.
- 1 oz. gin (I used Tanqueray)
- 1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur (I used St-Germain)
- fill glass with tonic water – it is quite high in sugar so if you find this drink a little sweet, try using half soda water instead.
- garnish with lime, cucumbers and watermelon
You’re bottle of St-Germain will go to good use in other drinks too. It can be added to prosecco, sangria or enjoyed on the rocks. It’s seriously that good.
Is it Happy Hour yet?