Elderflower Martini Cocktail Drink

Elderflower Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try our Elderflower Martini recipe; grab the ingredients, make your cocktail, and get ready to enjoy a drink as easygoing as your summer vibe.

Elderflower Martini Cocktail Recipe

Refresh your cocktail game with this no-fuss Elderflower Martini recipe, a delightful mingle of vodka and elderflower that brings summer freshness to every glass!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

237 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz elderflower Liqueur, and 2 oz Vodka with ice.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake the mixture vigorously until the exterior of the shaker becomes frosty (about 15 seconds).
  • Prepare to Serve: Remove the ice cubes from the martini glass (if used for chilling) and strain the shaker's contents into the glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink to release the oils.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: I sometimes switch out traditional vodka for cucumber vodka or gin; it adds a refreshing twist that complements the elderflower wonderfully.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: If it isn't handy, I recommend using elderflower syrup or cordial — it's non-alcoholic but still carries floral notes. However, you might want to adjust the sweetness to taste.
  • Lemon Juice: In the absence of fresh lemons, high-quality bottled lemon juice can work, but honestly, fresh always tastes better. Alternatively, lime juice offers a zesty kick.

Making a Pitcher of Elderflower Martini:

  • Scale: For a gathering, I often make a pitcher serving 8. You'll need 16 oz of vodka, 8 oz of elderflower liqueur, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve: Stir again before serving. Pour into chilled martini glasses, garnish, and serve right away.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use non-alcoholic alternatives which thankfully are increasing in the market.
  • Elderflower Liqueur Substitute: Elderflower syrup or cordial is perfect here, offering the same floral hint without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: With these substitutes, follow the original steps, and you'll have a delightful, non-alcoholic version that's just as enjoyable.

Making it Vegan:

Most components of an Elderflower Martini are inherently vegan. However, some spirits and liqueurs might use animal products in processing. I always check the labels or inquire with the manufacturers to ensure that all the alcohol used is vegan. Brands like "Grey Goose" for vodka and "St-Germain" for elderflower liqueur are typically safe bets for vegans.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
237
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
15
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.02
mg
0
%

 

Elderflower Martini Cocktail Drink

Elderflower Martini Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your cocktail game with this no-fuss Elderflower Martini recipe, a delightful mingle of vodka and elderflower that brings summer freshness to every glass!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 237

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Mix Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, combine ½ oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz elderflower Liqueur, and 2 oz Vodka with ice.
  • Shake Well: Seal the shaker and shake the mixture vigorously until the exterior of the shaker becomes frosty (about 15 seconds).
  • Prepare to Serve: Remove the ice cubes from the martini glass (if used for chilling) and strain the shaker's contents into the glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink to release the oils.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: I sometimes switch out traditional vodka for cucumber vodka or gin; it adds a refreshing twist that complements the elderflower wonderfully.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: If it isn't handy, I recommend using elderflower syrup or cordial — it's non-alcoholic but still carries floral notes. However, you might want to adjust the sweetness to taste.
  • Lemon Juice: In the absence of fresh lemons, high-quality bottled lemon juice can work, but honestly, fresh always tastes better. Alternatively, lime juice offers a zesty kick.

Making a Pitcher of Elderflower Martini:

  • Scale: For a gathering, I often make a pitcher serving 8. You'll need 16 oz of vodka, 8 oz of elderflower liqueur, and 4 oz of lemon juice.
  • Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir thoroughly. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve: Stir again before serving. Pour into chilled martini glasses, garnish, and serve right away.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use non-alcoholic alternatives which thankfully are increasing in the market.
  • Elderflower Liqueur Substitute: Elderflower syrup or cordial is perfect here, offering the same floral hint without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: With these substitutes, follow the original steps, and you'll have a delightful, non-alcoholic version that's just as enjoyable.

Making it Vegan:

Most components of an Elderflower Martini are inherently vegan. However, some spirits and liqueurs might use animal products in processing. I always check the labels or inquire with the manufacturers to ensure that all the alcohol used is vegan. Brands like "Grey Goose" for vodka and "St-Germain" for elderflower liqueur are typically safe bets for vegans.

What is an Elderflower Martini?

An Elderflower Martini is a mix of vodka and elderflower liqueur. This cocktail, often associated with warm summer evenings and sophisticated garden parties, owes its popularity to the delicate balance of sharp, clean flavors with just a hint of natural sweetness from the elderflowers.

A side shot of a Elderflower Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a black table with a bar spoon, a grey cloth, a jigger and two orange fruits around.

What is in an Elderflower Martini – The ingredients

For an Elderflower Martini, you need the following ingredients:

  • Vodka: Provides the strong, clean base that carries the other flavors; it’s the backbone of the cocktail.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: Adds a sweet, floral note; this gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor and aroma.
  • Lemon Juice: Introduces a citrus tang, balancing the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur with its zesty, fresh edge.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill and slightly dilute the drink, ensuring it’s refreshingly cool and palatable.
  • Lemon Twist (for garnish, optional): Enhances the visual appeal and infuses the drink with a fresh lemon fragrance upon serving.

Vodka, elderflower liqueur, and oranges laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make an Elderflower Martini – Instructions

Follow our simple instructions for a delicious Elderflower Martini:

1
<p>Start by chilling your martini glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice cubes, which you will discard later, ensuring a cold surface for your cocktail.</p>

Start by chilling your martini glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice cubes, which you will discard later, ensuring a cold surface for your cocktail.

2
<p>Pour fresh lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.</p>

Pour fresh lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.

3
<p>Add elderflower liqueur to the shaker.</p>

Add elderflower liqueur to the shaker.

4
<p>Pour Vodka into the shaker.</p>

Pour Vodka into the shaker.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Secure the lid tightly and shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds or until the shaker’s exterior becomes frosty, indicating the contents are well-chilled.</p>

Secure the lid tightly and shake the mixture vigorously for about 15 seconds or until the shaker’s exterior becomes frosty, indicating the contents are well-chilled.

7
<p>If you used ice cubes to chill your glass, discard it now.</p>

If you used ice cubes to chill your glass, discard it now.

8
<p>Strain the cocktail mixture from the shaker into your chilled martini glass.</p>

Strain the cocktail mixture from the shaker into your chilled martini glass.

9
<p>For an aromatic and visual touch, first twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink to release the oils.</p>

For an aromatic and visual touch, first twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink to release the oils.

10
<p>And then run the lemon twist over the rim and drop it in.</p>

And then run the lemon twist over the rim and drop it in.

11
<p>Enjoy your Elderflower Martini!</p>

Enjoy your Elderflower Martini!

St-Germain – Elderflower Liqueur for your Martini

Choosing the best elderflower liqueur is crucial for crafting the perfect Elderflower Martini, as this component significantly influences the cocktail’s overall flavor profile. St-Germain is arguably the most popular and widely available elderflower liqueur, renowned for its balanced sweetness and authentic, natural elderflower essence. This French liqueur is made from hand-picked elderflower blossoms and introduces a subtle, floral elegance to your martini without being overly sugary. Pairing this with your favorite vodka will ensure a smooth, fragrant, and utterly enjoyable cocktail.

A side shot of a Elderflower Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a black table with a bar spoon, a grey cloth, a jigger and an orange fruits around.

Elderflower Martini with Prosecco

An Elderflower Martini with Prosecco is a sparkling upgrade to the traditional Elderflower Martini. This drink combines the crisp, floral notes of elderflower liqueur and the classic clean taste of vodka with Prosecco’s added effervescence and lightness. Prosecco, a bubbly white wine from Italy, introduces a lively fizz and a touch of sweetness, making the cocktail more refreshing and dynamic. It’s a popular choice for celebrations or any occasion that calls for something more festive than a standard martini.

A side shot of a Elderflower Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a black table with a grey cloth, a jigger, a shaker and two orange fruits around.

History and Origins of the Elderflower Martini

The Elderflower Martini doesn’t have a single point of origin or a detailed history as some classic cocktails do, largely because it’s a variation of the traditional martini that incorporates elderflower liqueur. However, we can piece together its background by looking at its primary components: the martini and elderflower liqueur.

The martini, a cocktail known worldwide, has a debatable history. Some believe it evolved from a drink called the Martinez, served at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, California, in the early 1860s. Others argue it originated in Martinez, California, where a bartender developed the drink for a miner in 1849. Regardless of its inception, the martini became a staple in the American cocktail scene by the early 20th century, with the classic recipe calling for gin, vermouth, and an olive or lemon twist for garnish.

Elderflower liqueur’s journey to the martini glass is a bit more straightforward. Elderflowers have been used in traditional medicine and food for centuries across Europe. The liqueur version, made by macerating the flower petals, has roots in English and Central European traditions. St-Germain, a popular elderflower liqueur brand, emerged in 2007 and increased the ingredient’s popularity worldwide.

A Elderflower Martini cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table with a vodka bottle, a elderflower bottle, and lemon fruits around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Elderflower Martini?
An average Elderflower Martini contains approximately 160 to 200 calories, depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the serving size.
How strong is an Elderflower Martini?
The alcohol content in an Elderflower Martini varies based on the proportions. Still, it generally has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of around 15-20%, or 30-40 proof, considering both the vodka and the elderflower liqueur.
What type of alcohol is used in an Elderflower Martini?
Vodka is the primary alcohol used in an Elderflower Martini, accompanied by elderflower liqueur for its distinctive floral sweetness.
What does an Elderflower Martini taste like?
An Elderflower Martini tastes like a harmonious blend of floral and slightly sweet notes from the elderflower liqueur combined with vodka's crisp, clean profile, often complemented by a subtle citrus undertone.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Elderflower Martini?
Typically, an Elderflower Martini follows a ratio of 2 parts vodka to 1 part elderflower liqueur, with a splash of lemon juice to taste.
How is an Elderflower Martini typically served with ice?
An Elderflower Martini is usually served "up," meaning it's chilled in a shaker with ice but strained into a glass without ice, presenting a smooth, cold beverage.
In which glass is an Elderflower Martini served?
This cocktail is traditionally served in a chilled martini glass with a long stem and a wide, triangular bowl.
Can I make an Elderflower Martini with gin instead of vodka?
Replacing vodka with gin will introduce more botanical notes to the drink, altering its flavor profile.

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