Elderflower cordial is a staple with the “ladies who lunch” set in London. I didn’t run with that crew when we lived there. (Who can afford lunch out at Michelin star restaurants on a daily basis!) It’s a delicate fragrant syrup that you can add to mineral water or white wine. It’s very refreshing and makes drinking water so much more enjoyable and it was readily available at any grocery store.
This is not the case in the US, where elderflower is available only in a handful of specialty food shops. However, I’ve just discovered elderflower liqueur (available at most liquor stores) and happened to meet a Mixologist Master, Jordan Catapano, at BlogHer’11, who knows how to use it! She gave me the low down on one of her favorite elderflower drinks. (See recipe below) She’s also the author of a new book, A Girl Walked into a Bar, a woman’s guide to professional bartending and home mixology.
Check out her blog and some of my favorite recipes and tips:
“Usually I’m very loyal to my favorite cocktails. But every so often I get bored and crave a new taste. With summer nearing an end but hot days still in full swing, I wanted a cool drink with a little spice for fall. The Pretty Cactus has a fierce side in the tequila and a gentle side in the elderflower. Basically, it’s a drink for every woman.” – Jordan Catapano
Ingredients: 2.5 ounces silver tequila, 1 ounce elderflower liqueur, 1 squeeze lime wedge, 1 squeeze lemon wedge, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters. Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass or serve over ice. Garnish with a lime.
Jordan has had long experience as a professional bartender and mixologist. She blogs daily for ThisGirlWalksIntoABar.com and contributes her cocktail expertise to ModernMom.com, MSN’s Glo.com, and several other online publications. Jordan’s mixology advice has recently appeared in The Sacramento Bee, The Bellingham Herald and the AARP website. Her book and bar experiences will be featured in the August issue of Barcode Magazine.