Gin Elderflower Cocktail Recipe

This Gin Elderflower Cocktail Recipe is a twist on the Elderflower Aviation. Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, and Maraschino liqueur create a delicious sweet and floral drink. An egg white adds a creaminess to the drink and creates a beautiful foam and makes this cocktail not only pretty but delicious too!

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How to make a Gin Elderflower Cocktail.

Gather all of your ingredients first and prepare your cocktail glass with water and ice so it’s nice and cold. Add all of the ingredients in the cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake for 20-30 seconds. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake again for another 20-30 seconds. Empty the ice water from the cocktail glass and double strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon peel and serve immediately.

What is elderflower liqueur?

Elderflower Liqueur is a sweet and floral liqueur that can be enjoyed on it’s own or in a delicious cocktail. This liqueur is made from elderflowers which have their own unique scent and taste. The most common brand of elderflower liqueur is St-Germain. St-Germain is delicious and can be found at most liquor store. It is a little more expensive than some liqueurs so if you don’t want to spend too much, there are less expensive alternatives available.

What is Maraschino Liqueur?

Maraschino liqueur is a sweet, cherry-flavored liqueur that is made from Marasca cherries which are originally from Croatia. This liqueur is made with the pits as well as the fruit so there is a slight undertone of almond as well. It’s definitely a different taste than a cherry-flavored vodka or some other liqueur so be careful when making a purchase. I usually use Luxardo or Maraska brand but there are a few others out there as well.

gin elderflower cocktail in a coupe glass with a cherry and lemon peel garnish on a toothpick and a cocktail shaker, St-Germain and Luxardo liqueurs in background

What gin to use for this drink.

There are so many different kinds of gin out there and you can certainly use whatever gin you prefer. Because this drink has the floral element from the elderflower liqueur, I would suggest using a more botanical gin like Aviation or Aria (both originally from Portland, OR).

You can make this cocktail more or less sweet.

Not everybody loves a super sweet cocktail. The lemon juice and gin help balance the sweetness from the elderflower and maraschino liqueurs, but this cocktail is still on the sweeter side. If you want less sweet, add more lemon juice or gin. You can also use the lemon peel and squeeze the peel on the rim to add a sour element and bring out more of the lemon taste. If you like the sweet, you can add more maraschino or elderflower liqueur.

How to garnish this beautiful cocktail.

A lemon twist or peel and a cocktail cherry make a great garnish for this cocktail. If you want to be fancy, play around with different shapes for your lemon peel. Use a sharp paring knife or a razor blade to create some cocktail art. Below you can see my experiments. I am by no means an expert, but it was fun to try! The best cocktail cherry to use is a Luxardo or Amarena cherry. They are sweet, firm and have a special flavor you can’t get from a regular maraschino cherry.

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Gin Elderflower Cocktail

This Gin Elderflower Cocktail also has Maraschino liqueur, lemon, and an egg white to create a beautiful and delicious craft cocktail at home!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword candied ginger, craft cocktail, elderflower liqueur, gin cocktail recipe, gin elderflower cocktail, maraschino cocktail recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • measuring jigger
  • fine mesh cocktail strainer
  • cocktail glass
  • toothpick for garnish (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Gin of choice (I used Aria gin)
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz maraschino liqueur (I used Luxardo)
  • ½ oz elderflower liqueur (I used St-Germain)
  • 1 large egg white
  • cocktail cherry garnish
  • lemon peel garnish

Instructions

  • First, gather all of the ingredients and prepare your cocktail glass with water and ice so it's nice and cold.
  • Add all of the ingredients (not garnishes) in the cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake for 20-30 seconds. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake again for another 20-30 seconds.
  • Empty the ice water from the cocktail glass and double strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a cherry and lemon peel and serve immediately.

Make your own Luxardo or Amarena Cherries!

If you have purchased or shopped for Luxardo or Amarena cherries, you know they are a little spendy. I believe it worth the investment for a craft cocktail, however, you can also make your own for the fraction of the cost. Check out my post on how to make your own Homemade Luxardo Cherries soaked in liqueur. There is also a quick recipe for homemade Amarena cherries as well!

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