Elderflower liqueur is one of our favorite cocktail ingredients. We always take advantage of the opportunity to mix it with bourbon when we can, and this recipe from Saveur presented just that occasion.
1 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Elderflower liqueur
½ oz. Crème de cassis
Squeeze of lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for at least one minute. Strain into a chilled coupe.
This cocktail tastes like a berry pie. It’s fruity and floral, but the lemon and the relatively high alcohol content keep it light and balanced. Shaking a cocktail for one minute will make your hands really cold, but it is necessary to get the right mix of water into the drink while making it very cold. We can imagine this recipe would make a very good punch for a party.
We are taken with the entire line of Thomas Henry products, which are packed with flavor and about as fresh and natural as packaged products can get. One of our favorites is their new elderflower tonic, which was the inspiration for this cocktail.
2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Amaro
Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to mix and strain into a lowball glass with ice. Top with elderflower tonic and garnish with a mint sprig.
This cocktail is light and refreshing. The amaro (we used a homemade version) adds bitterness and balances the bourbon spice and citrus. Be sure to slap the mint against your palm to release its aroma before garnishing.
Even though this nightcap was on partly Thomas Henry’s tab, we will always review products honestly. Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.