Elderflower Old Fashioned

The undeniably fabulous Parisian-style bottle of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is a must have on any bar but what the hell do you use it for? St. Germain in a glass of bubbly is undeniably delicious, but I hardly ever drink champagne. It’s also a popular addition to a gin and tonic but I tend to drink about one G&T to every 20 bourbon containing drinks.

Elderflower Old Fashioned Recipe
Elderflower Old Fashioned Recipe

Not wanting to stare at an unmoving, dust-covered bottle of St. Germain forever I decided to try a little mixology and have a go at modifying my favorite drink. The Old Fashioned.

Turns out the combination is pretty damn good. The combination of bourbon and elderflower provides a lighter flavor than the original while bringing out the essence of the latter. This take on the Old Fashioned is just different enough to stand on its own. 

For ultimate refreshment, be sure to chill the glass you’ll be serving your elderflower old fashioned in.

Elderflower Old Fashioned

Elderflower liqueur replaces the traditional sugar cube in this delicious floral twist on an old favorite.

  • 2 1⁄2 oz. bourbon
  • 1⁄2 oz. St. Germain
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  1. Stir bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass or mixing tin until very chilled; strain into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with lemon zest.


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