This cocktail is a variation of the standard Elderflower Collins, which usually contains gin, lemon juice, St Germain elderflower liqueur and soda water. I’ve had a little bottle of St Germain sitting around for ages, which I bought almost solely because I thought the bottle was incredibly beautiful, like an antique perfume bottle (the full-size St Germain bottles are nowhere near as enchanting).
So I looked up what cocktail recipes include St Germain, specifically focussing on ones that contain lemon, and ended up tailoring the Elderflower Collins to put to use some left-over citrus fizz that was sitting in the fridge. What a fantastic summer drink I managed to make… in the middle of winter… with the heater on and whilst wearing the world’s thickest cardigan…
30ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
200ml citrus fizz
To make the drink, just combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour over ice in a collins glass. Or if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, and I don’t, you can just put the gin and St Germain in the glass, fill the glass up with ice, pour over the citrus fizz, and swirl it around as best you can.