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.

Last Word / Gypsy

Seeing double? Nope not yet. Before you are two cocktails with one ingredient that changes them slightly. Both are strong, sour and floral but it’s the sweet element that changes them slightly. It’s great to have a replacement ready in case you run out of an ingredient to one of your favorite cocktails. Both are great, I think the Gypsy is a little sweeter but after having both I can’t remember.

Last Word

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce chartreuse
  • 1 ounce lime juice (or a half or more of a large lime)
  • 1 ounce maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)




  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce chartreuse
  • 1 ounce lime juice (or a half or more of a large lime)
  • 1 ounce Elderflower liqueur (St-Germain)

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. After shaking vigorously, strain into a martini glass.

Looking for that special NYE drink? Then look no further…


The perfect cocktail to kick start 2015 in style!


30ml Chase Vodka
15ml Chase Elderflower Liqueur
Top with English sparkling wine or good Champagne


Shake vodka, lemon juice and liqueur with ice and strain into a chilled flute and top with fizz.

Cheers & enjoy!