Booze and elderflowers (part 2)

I made a couple more cocktails with my homemade elderflower cordial. First I absolutely had to try Sam Ross’ Sunflower again. It’s a variation of one of my favorite cocktails, the Corpse Reviver No. 2, with elderflower replacing Lillet. I used pastis but use absinthe if you have it. I keep it in a little perfume mister which is great for drinks like this one that just call for a rinse.

The cocktail is crisp and light, but also full of flavor from the interplay of the elderflower with the botanicals of the pastis and the orange of the Cointreau. Really wonderful.

Sunflower: gin, lemon, cointreau, homemade elderflower cordial, pastis
3/4 oz gin | 3/4 oz lemon juice | 3/4 oz Cointreau | 3/4 oz elderflower cordial | shake | strain into an absinthe/pastis-rinsed glass | lemon twist

In the same family I also tried Jim Meehan’s El Puente from the PDT Cocktail Book. With tequila, grapefruit, white vermouth and elderflower, plus a mezcal rinse, I was worried that it might be a little “busy”.

It tasted like the most delicate grapefruit in cocktail form; it was not an assertive grapefruit flavor like in Paul Harrington’s Jasmine for example, but rather a deliciously floral grapefruit with incredible layers of flavors. It was a very good use of Siete Leguas excellent tequila. I highly recommend this cocktail.

El Puente (Jim Meehan): tequila, grapefruit, white vermouth, homemade elderflower cordial, mezcal rinse
1 1⁄2 oz blanco tequila | 3⁄4 oz grapefruit juice | 1⁄2 oz white vermouth | 1⁄2 oz elderflower cordial | shake | strain to mezcal-rinsed coupe | grapefruit twist

Related posts

  • Check out this post for the original Corpse Reviver No. 2 and another one of its variations created for MxMo, You Only Live Twice

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