Elderflower Christmas Cocktail

Let me start by saying that this drink is much prettier if you serve it in a highball or Collins glass and garnish as it should be garnished, with a curled lemon peel. A couple of cranberries (fresh or sugared) would also be welcome here. Basically, anything but a strawberry, which, while quite delicious, makes very little sense in the company of a holiday drink.

But we worked with what we had, and this drink is seriously wonderful and festive – just the tiniest bit sweet and citrusy, and easy to make stronger (use champagne) or weaker (use club soda) according to your preferences.


In a highball glass (over ice or not; up to you), pour 4 oz dry white wine (I used pinot grigio). Add 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower cordial, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, and top with a little champagne or club soda.

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