Elderflower Gin Fizz with frozen Berry ‘ice cubes’

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Easter is not just for kids.  And cocktails are not just for evening.  Easter brunch is a perfect time for a cocktail with light flavors and some fizz.   This cocktail is a great choice for any warm weather brunch: the Elderflower Gin Fizz.  The botanicals in gin mesh beautifully with St. Germain elderflower liqueur which is flowery and lightly sweet.  The color is a sublime faint peachy color too!

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Instead of the traditional ‘over the rocks’ approach for this libation, I froze blackberries and raspberries to act like ice cubes but all some visual appeal and a nice bite when the cocktail is done!

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We have yet to nail down our Easter meal plans but I always love some whimsy in the table décor.  Fun, unexpected plates and glasses.  Place holders such as lime green mini buckets marked with guests names and stuffed with Irish moss and some Easter treats.  Fun, spring-themed straws for drinks.  Anything that is happy-making to you will undoubtedly translate as an elevated experience for your guests.

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After slaving away to prepare a lovely meal, an Elderflower Gin Fizz will be a welcome signal that it is time to relax and enjoy the efforts of your labor and a lovely day!

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Elderflower Gin Fizz with frozen Berry 'ice cubes'

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail

A perfectly light, flowery cocktail great for spring! Instead of ice cubes, home-frozen berries are used to add to the look and flavor of the cocktail.

Ingredients

  • Blackberries and Raspberries (1/4 cup per cocktail)
  • 2 ounces Gin
  • 1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain Granulated Sugar
  • Club Soda, to fill
  • Optional garnish: very thin lemon slice twisted or mint sprig

Instructions

    Instructions for Freezing Berries:
  1. Rinse berries and pat them dry with a paper towel. On a baking sheet(s) lined with wax paper, place berries with space between each so they will freeze separately. Place in the freezer until they are fully frozen or overnight.
  2. Instructions for the Elderberry Gin Fizz:
  3. Place 1/4 cup of frozen berries in a High Ball glass. In a shaker, place the gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and sugar with ice. Shake and strain into the glass with berries. Fill with Club Soda. Garnish as desired.
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They are not just for Easter either!  Great for any warm weather brunch, sultry summer evening or garden party.

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea to freeze the berries! At first I was thinking those didn’t quite look like elderberries, but I see that they’re frozen together in a clump. Love it!!

    • says

      Actually Marly the frozen berries are blackberries and raspberries. The elder essence comes in the form of St. Germain liqueur in the cocktail ingredients. Technically St. Germain is made from the elderflower, not the actual berries. I’m going to change it, however lucky neighbors of elderberry growers could certainly freeze the elderberries for the ‘ice cubes’!

      • says

        Oh, I get it! That’s why those elderberries looked so much like blackberries! Thanks for clarifying. Yes, I am SO lucky. My neighbor has 2-3 large bushes that grow a LOT of elderberries…and he never minds me coming over to pick them. I just have to fight off the birds who seem to like the berries too!

        • says

          I apologize for the misnaming Marly, and thank YOU for pointing it out! What a fantastic opportunity for you to have the berries right at hand. We have a small farm that has raspberries and gooseberries to pick at a very low price and I love the opportunity. There is something so novel and exciting about being able to pick from someone’s yard though! Hoping for some elderberry recipes from you this summer!

  2. says

    I love the idea of freezing the berries to use as ice cubes! A little extra fruity flavor without watering it down! Plus I love those glasses.

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