Now that we have our elderflower cordial decanted and sweetened, let’s use it in a traditional drink from northwestern Europe: an Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail. This is really easy, and it is a refreshing cocktail for any summer celebration where the heat or a midday meal might make you otherwise think twice about having a cocktail.
You might want to serve some homemade potato chips and this cocktail to lighten up any garden party or summer celebration. The bubbles and the salty-crunchy will be a big hit!
A bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne
Your elderflower cordial
2 lemons for zest
Chill the Champagne/wine and the glasses (if you like, but not necessary). Zest the lemon peel into 1-inch strands that can be twisted into a corkscrew shape.
Fill a Champagne flute with your wine to 3/4 full. Add about a tablespoon of the cordial and let the effervescence calm. Then, add the lemon zest and a couple of the elderberries (if you choose to use them). Sip while enjoying one of those nicely salted potato chips.
This is called indulgence, and we all need such moments now and again.
You can adjust this recipe to minimize the amount of alcohol consumer or the cost of the drink. Here are a few recommendations:
- Use a white wine like Pinot Grigio and sparkling water instead of the Champagne. If you choose this option, use a white wine glass instead of a Champagne flute. Fill the glass half full of wine, add the cordial to taste, add a few ice cubes. Top with sparkling water and lemon zest and berries as you like. This is very refreshing without the danger of overindulging!
- Use Preseco, the Italian sparkling white wine, and follow the original directions. This will be a sweeter drink…as you like it, I say!
- Forget the wine and just add a shot of the cordial to some fancy sparkling water with the lemon zest and berries. Very refreshing and festive!
Which recipe did you use? How did you like it?