Summer means stone fruit! I love peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries and more! On whim this weekend while I was grocery shopping I picked up a bag of cherries (probably too many cherries! I’ll have to freeze most of them) once I got home I didn’t quite know what to do with all of them. I did some light google searching to see what cocktails have cherries as a component. I saw some good looking drinks but many of them looked complicated or had liquor in them that I didn’t have access to. Well, necessity is the mother of all invention. Looking around my house I created a sweet fizz, the Cherry Elderflower Fizz.
Cherry St. Germain Fizz
2 oz. elderflower liquor
2 to 4 sweet cherries
In a collins class muddle pitted cherries. Fill glass with ice. Pour elderflower liquor into glass. Fill glass with ginger ale. Stir once. Garnish with cherry if desired.
This was really good! Especially considering it’s a drink I just threw together! There is definitely room for improvement though. I think ginger beer would work better than ginger ale, the beer has the extra oomph needed to compete with the sweetness of the elderflower liquor. Speaking of elderflower liquor, I might play with the amounts there as well, maybe cutting out an 1/2 oz. of the drink to reduce the sweetness and replace with vodka if I want it to still have the same kick. I muddled two cherries in my drink and I think I could use a few more to add more character to the drink as well as a little bit of lemon juice or lemon oil.
The more I think about it, the more ideas I have! I’ll post again once I’ve tinkered some more and have a new and improved Cherry Elderflower Fizz.
Le Fizz seemed like the perfect spring cocktail. Limes, elderflowers, some vodka all with a little fizzy. Light and easy. Just the thing you need to start a hectic week and to end an simple weekend.
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. elderflower liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. soda water
In a cocktail shaker, mix together vodka, elderflower liqueur and lime juice. Add ice, cover and shake vigorously. Pour into Collins glass or champagne flute. Top with soda water. Garnish with lime.
This was good. I think, depending on the size of the Collins glass, I might want to make it a double in the future. The recipe above worked but it was a little light on flavor. I will admit though that while sipping this I wished I had a poolside to be sitting at instead of getting ready for work…
Spring is here! Spring is here! To celebrate the warm days and cool nights I decided to make Margaritas! But, I’d already made margaritas for this here project. So, what was I to do? No, a Daiquiri is not the correct answer! I made a different type of Margarita, one with St. Germain in it!
1 1/2 oz. silver tequila
1 oz. St. Germain
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until cold. Strain into chilled cocktail glass (salted rim if you like.) Garnish with lime wedge.
Except I didn’t have silver tequila and I didn’t want to buy silver tequila. So, I used the tequila we already had. If you’re a real stickler you could call this a Golden Elderflower Margarita. I’m not a real big stickler though, so I won’t.
This was sweet and easy and delicious. A description that also describes springs here in Davis. So, it’s the perfect cocktail for this evening. D really liked them too and that is always a plus!