The Gin and Tonic can stand alone, but why not make it into an Elderflower Gin and Tonic – just a bit better? This simple and refreshing take on the classic way to drink gin is easy and light.
I used a simple and mild London dry gin to make this. Normally, I let my snazzy and bold gins shine in a G and T. For this cocktail, I wanted the Elderflower liqueur to not be overpowered. You can go with the traditional St. Germain or St. Elder, or mix it up and go for a craft elderflower liqueur.
Elderflower Gin and Tonic
- 1.5 Oz. Gin try a London dry variety
- .5 Oz. Elderflower liqueur like St. Germaine
- Indian or Indian light tonic water
- Lemon peel for the oils!
- Add your gin and elderflower liqueur directly to your balloon glass, already filled with ice.
- Top with tonic water, to taste.
- Garnish with a lemon peel.
How to make the Elderflower Gin and Tonic a bit more to your tastes.
Use elderflower syrup instead of liqueur. This may be more affordable, and will definitely cut down on the alcohol content. If you want to go all out mocktail, use Seedlips instead of gin, too.
Use elderflower tonic water . Yes! This exists. I totally recommend this for die-hard elderflower fans.
If you qualify as a die-hard elderflower fan, you also want to try the Elderflower Aviation. Super popular and delicious.
Lemon juice instead of the oil expressed from the peel. I’m a huge fan of expressing oil as a flavor garnish, and even rubbing the peel along the rim of my glass. For lemon lovers that may want a bit more tart to counteract the elderflower, you can squeeze in a little fresh juice and use that wedge as a garnish.