About seven years and four jobs ago, I worked with an amazing group of people; I even still consider a couple of them some of my best friends. For one entire summer, we all congregated at a local bar at the end of the week and indulged in craft cocktails. One of our favorites was an elderflower champagne cocktail we lovingly dubbed the ‘Summer Fling’. Over the years, versions of this drink have become ubiquitous, but in whatever iteration, it remains an easy, fun, and delightfully delicious summer drink. I hope you give this cocktail a try at your next BBQ or girls night!
Elderflower Summer Fling
- Club Soda
- St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- Elderflower Lemonade
- Brut or dry Champagne or sparkling wine
(Pour all over ice)
- 3 parts Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1 part Elderflower Lemonade
- 1 part St. Germain
- Splash of club soda
- Garnish with a lemon twist
Need a few wallet friendly suggestions on the bubbles? If you’re looking for an American sparkling wine, Gruet is a fantastic option. Made in New Mexico using the traditional Methode Champenoise, both the Blanc de Blancs and the Blanc de Noirs are super tasty and easy to drink. It’s my go-to sparkling wine to keep around the house. You also can’t go wrong with basically any Spanish Cava.
In its most traditional form, ‘The St. Germain Cocktail’ (on which this drink is based) calls for 2 parts Brut Champagne, 1.5 parts St. Germain, and 2 parts club soda to be poured over ice in that order, then garnished with a lemon twist. I added the elderflower lemonade to up the citrus in my recipe, but it can totally be left out.
The liqueur website has tons more fun St. Germain-based cocktails including one that’s just champagne and St. Germain; one that’s a pilsner-based Shandy; and yet another that’s a St. Germain sangria. Whatever you decide, they all sound like delicious options for your next rooftop soiree!
PS – I ran out of ice while taking pictures for this post, but feel free to pile up those cubes to fill the glass!