Sparkling wine with Elderflower liqueur and a twist of lemon

Up until Sunday, peach schnapps, triple sec, a dozen miniature sized bottles of Belle de Brillet (pear cognac), and a dusty, unopened bottle of crème de banana were the only liqueurs that graced our liquor stash. Except for the Belle de Brillet, each liqueur was purchased for a specific drink.

I was perusing my newest issue of Bon Appétit magazine and found two drinks that looked interesting – each required their own liqueur, of course. I asked the crowd if they thought it would be fun to try some new cocktails, and they gave enthusiastic thumbs up. The drink you see here is actually not one of them, but we had the sparkling wine and the newly acquired bottle of Elderflower liqueur, and a bin full of beautiful lemons.

Over the next couple of days this blog may have a mixed-drink inspired them. Because as we poured, mixed, drank and laughed, we took pictures.

It was a fun three-day holiday weekend. Stay tuned for more drinks. Perhaps next weekend we’ll find the recipe that uses crème de banana.


The Lumière

1 ½ oz. gin
1 oz. elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ green chartreuse
Dash of orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a large glass filled with ice. Stir thoroughly and strain the mixture into a coupe. Garnish with a lime twist.

Recipe from Savuer

Nikon Df | Nikkor 50mm f/1.4



Serves 2

  • 100ml | 3 fl oz cranberry juice
  • 80ml | 2.7 fl oz ( 1/3 cup) Hendricks gin
  • 40ml | St Germain  (Elderflower liqueur)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • fresh cranberries threaded on cocktail sticks to garnish 


  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the ingredients (apart from the fresh cranberries). Shake until a frost forms on the shaker – about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into chilled martini or coupe glasses and garnish with the fresh cranberries.