Elderflower Collins Cocktail Drink

Elderflower Collins

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you craving a delightful cocktail? Look no further than this Elderflower Collins recipe! It’s an easy-to-make, refreshing drink loaded with intriguing ingredients.

Elderflower Collins Recipe

This simple Elderflower Collins recipe will refresh your senses! With gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and club soda, this floral cocktail is perfect for a delightful spring.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

214 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz elderflower Liqueur
  • 3-4 oz soda water, to top
  • Lemon zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Squeeze 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Elderflower Liqueur: Measure and pour ¾ oz elderflower Liqueur into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with 3-4 oz soda water and stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish with a lemon zest twist: express the lemon zest on top of the glass and place it on the rim of the glass or discard it.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have gin, vodka is a great alternative but keep in mind that it will alter the flavor profile.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: If you need help finding elderflower liqueur, St. Germain is a popular, widely available brand. Alternatively, you can make your own elderflower syrup by simmering elderflowers with sugar and water.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: In a pinch, bottled lemon juice can work, but fresh is always best. If you're out of lemons, try lime juice for a slightly different, but still delicious, flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Elderflower Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of elderflower liqueur, and 8 oz of fresh lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with soda water, garnish with lemon zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic gin's botanicals.
  • Elderflower Liqueur Substitute: Opt for an elderflower cordial or syrup instead of the alcoholic version.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just ensure that the sugar used in your elderflower liqueur or syrup is vegan (some sugars are processed using bone char). Enjoy your vegan Elderflower Collins!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
214
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
19
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Potassium
 
32
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Elderflower Collins Cocktail Drink

Elderflower Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Elderflower Collins recipe will refresh your senses! With gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, and club soda, this floral cocktail is perfect for a delightful spring.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 214

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz elderflower Liqueur
  • 3-4 oz soda water - to top
  • Lemon zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Squeeze 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Elderflower Liqueur: Measure and pour ¾ oz elderflower Liqueur into the shaker.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top up the glass with 3-4 oz soda water and stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish with a lemon zest twist: express the lemon zest on top of the glass and place it on the rim of the glass or discard it.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have gin, vodka is a great alternative but keep in mind that it will alter the flavor profile.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: If you need help finding elderflower liqueur, St. Germain is a popular, widely available brand. Alternatively, you can make your own elderflower syrup by simmering elderflowers with sugar and water.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: In a pinch, bottled lemon juice can work, but fresh is always best. If you're out of lemons, try lime juice for a slightly different, but still delicious, flavor.

Making a Pitcher of Elderflower Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of gin, 8 oz of elderflower liqueur, and 8 oz of fresh lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with soda water, garnish with lemon zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic gin's botanicals.
  • Elderflower Liqueur Substitute: Opt for an elderflower cordial or syrup instead of the alcoholic version.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. Just ensure that the sugar used in your elderflower liqueur or syrup is vegan (some sugars are processed using bone char). Enjoy your vegan Elderflower Collins!

What is an Elderflower Collins?

An Elderflower Collins is a gin-based cocktail made of elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and soda water. This refreshing drink is not complicated to make; its simplicity lies in combining these four ingredients. It’s a variant of the classic Tom Collins cocktail, with the addition of the sweet and floral elderflower liqueur giving it a unique twist. The Elderflower Collins is perfect for summer gatherings or any occasion where a light and refreshing cocktail is desired. Its popularity has grown due to the increasing availability and interest in elderflower products.

A side shot of a Elderflower Collins cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone coaster placed on a table with a chair behind.

What is an Elderflower Collins made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to mix up an Elderflower Collins:

  • Elderflower Liqueur: This sweet, floral liqueur adds a unique and fragrant flavor to the cocktail. It’s the star ingredient that gives the Elderflower Collins its name.
  • Gin: A clear spirit known for its botanical flavors, gin provides a strong, crisp base for the cocktail.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice brings a tangy acidity to balance out the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur.
  • Soda Water: The fizzy component of the drink, soda water adds effervescence and lightness to the Elderflower Collins.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice is used to chill the cocktail, keeping it refreshing and cool.
  • Lemon Zest (for garnish): A lemon zest serves as an aesthetic garnish, hinting at the citrus notes within the drink.

Gin, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Elderflower Collins?

With our simple instructions, you can learn to create an Elderflower Collins:

1
<p>Begin by chilling a Collins glass. This will ensure that your Elderflower Collins is chilled to perfection.</p>

Begin by chilling a Collins glass. This will ensure that your Elderflower Collins is chilled to perfection.

2
<p>Squeeze 1 ounce of lemon juice into the shaker. The lemon juice adds a refreshing tanginess that balances out the sweetness of the elderflower cordial.</p>

Squeeze 1 ounce of lemon juice into the shaker. The lemon juice adds a refreshing tanginess that balances out the sweetness of the elderflower cordial.

3
<p>Add 3/4 of an ounce of elderflower liqueur to the shaker. The elderflower liqueur gives the cocktail its distinctive floral notes and sweetness.</p>

Add 3/4 of an ounce of elderflower liqueur to the shaker. The elderflower liqueur gives the cocktail its distinctive floral notes and sweetness.

4
<p>Pour 2 ounces of gin into the shaker. The gin forms the alcoholic base of the cocktail and provides a robust flavor profile.</p>

Pour 2 ounces of gin into the shaker. The gin forms the alcoholic base of the cocktail and provides a robust flavor profile.

5
<p>Fill your shaker with ice cubes</p>

Fill your shaker with ice cubes

6
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This mixes all the ingredients together and helps to chill the cocktail.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This mixes all the ingredients together and helps to chill the cocktail.

7
<p>Strain the mixture into your Collins glass over fresh ice. This removes unwanted pulp or seeds from the lemon juice and ensures a smooth drinking experience.</p>

Strain the mixture into your Collins glass over fresh ice. This removes unwanted pulp or seeds from the lemon juice and ensures a smooth drinking experience.

8
<p>Top up the glass with soda water. The soda water adds fizzy to the cocktail, making it even more refreshing.</p>

Top up the glass with soda water. The soda water adds fizzy to the cocktail, making it even more refreshing.

9
<p>Gently stir the mixture with a long spoon. This will mix the soda with the rest of the cocktail and maintain the effervescent effect of the soda.</p>

Gently stir the mixture with a long spoon. This will mix the soda with the rest of the cocktail and maintain the effervescent effect of the soda.

10
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail with a lemon zest. Start by squeezing the lemon zest on top of the drink.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail with a lemon zest. Start by squeezing the lemon zest on top of the drink.

11
<p>Then, place the lemon zest on the rim of the highball glass. The lemon zest adds a visual element that hints at the citrus notes in the cocktail.</p>

Then, place the lemon zest on the rim of the highball glass. The lemon zest adds a visual element that hints at the citrus notes in the cocktail.

Finally, take a moment to admire your handiwork before taking the first sip. The Elderflower Collins is not just a cocktail but a work of art that deserves appreciation.

History and Origin of the Elderflower Collins

In the late 20th century, bartenders began experimenting with the classic Tom Collins recipe. They started adding various flavors to give the traditional cocktail a modern twist. This is where the Elderflower Collins comes into play.

Bartenders saw an opportunity to incorporate this unique flavor into their cocktails. They replaced the sugar in the Tom Collins recipe with elderflower liqueur, giving birth to the Elderflower Collins we know today.

An Elderflower Collins cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, lemon juice, and elderflower liqueur.

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FAQ

How many calories does an Elderflower Collins contain?
An Elderflower Collins typically contains around 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is an Elderflower Collins?
The strength of an Elderflower Collins can vary based on the amount of gin used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of about 10%, translating to 20 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail compared to others.
What type of alcohol is used in an Elderflower Collins?
The primary alcohol in an Elderflower Collins is gin. The cocktail also includes elderflower liqueur, which adds a floral sweetness to the drink.
In what kind of glass is an Elderflower Collins served?
Traditionally, an Elderflower Collins is served in a tall, narrow glass known as a Collins glass. This allows for the perfect ingredient ratio and enhances the cocktail's visual appeal.
What does an Elderflower Collins taste like?
An Elderflower Collins offers a unique blend of flavors. The gin provides a juniper-forward base, while the elderflower liqueur adds a sweet, floral note. The addition of lemon juice brings a tart freshness that balances out the sweetness, resulting in a refreshing and well-rounded cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Elderflower Collins?
The typical ratio for an Elderflower Collins is 2 parts gin, 1 part elderflower liqueur, and 3/4 parts lemon juice. This is then topped off with soda water to taste.
How is an Elderflower Collins served with respect to ice?
An Elderflower Collins is usually served over ice in a tall glass. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute the strong flavors slightly, making it more enjoyable to sip.

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