Sparkling Elderflower Cocktail

This is the cocktail I whipped up for my Book Club to sip at our Asian-inspired dinner and meeting. The author- Meghan Y. of Cake n Knife– recommends serving it in the Spring, but honestly, it’s the perfect, light cocktail for any occasion. While there are different grades of Sake, the one she showed on her website, was the one in the green bottle you can find at your local grocery store.

I love this cocktail because it is low in alcohol, bright, light, citrusy and fizzy. Elderflower liqueur is one of the ingredients and, while you may be inclined to skip it, please don’t! There is really no other ingredient you can substitute that will give you the same flavor. I bought a bottle for a cocktail I was going to make, wondering how I would ever go through the whole bottle and now, the large bottle ($22.99 at Total Wine) is empty.

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur Empty Bottle

Elderflower liqueur is made by St. Germain and on the website they describe it as “The world’s first Artisianal French liqueur, made with up to 1,000 fresh, wild, handpicked elderflower blossoms in every bottle.” They describe the flavor as having “notes of peach, pear, grapefruit and honeysuckle”, but really, the flavor is one all of its own. And the way they collect them sounds like the stuff of fairy tales; the small, white elderflower blossoms are handpicked once a year in late Spring.

So, I hope I’ve convinced you to invest in some Elderflower Liqueur. Also, please use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. I NEVER use the stuff in the bottle! God only knows how long it’s been around and with what preservatives and, it’s so easy to buy a lemon and squeeze it yourself. Look for lemons that are unblemished and feel heavy when you pick them up. The weight indicates that they are filled with juice The peel, which is used in this drink, has so much fragrance, with the oils erupting when you slice a ribbon of it, makes it the perfect finishing touch. Just make sure you don’t go down to the white pith, as this is bitter.

Sparkling Elderflower Cocktail

Recipe by Meghan Y.Course: CocktailCuisine: Asian InspiredDifficulty: Easy


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A perfect Welcome Cocktail for any occasion.


  • 2.5 oz sake

  • 1 oz pomegranate juice

  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

  • 2 dashes citrus bitters

  • Prosecco or Brut Champagne

  • Lemon twist, for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add sake, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, citrus bitters and Elderflower liqueur.
  • Shake well, then strain into a champagne flute.
  • Top with Prosecco or champagne.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.

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Published by gleeguilford

Born and raised in Miami, the daughter of a pilot and stay-at-home Mom, I love food in all forms. My great grandfather opened the first Italian restaurant in Miami in the 20's, The Boathouse on the Miami river. I love exploring my heritage and linking food and recipes to personal stories. I've been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love and wrote restaurant reviews and news as the Miami Dining Examiner for three years. I love exploring Miami's latest hot spots, hole in the walls and institutions. I'm always looking for innovative ways to use the plethora of tropical fruits and vegetables South Florida offers, especially from my own garden.

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