Grapefruit Blossom Aperitif

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Author Notes: An aperitif should be drunk before dinner, and as the weather gets warmer you want something lighter than the heavy mixed drinks of winter. This fragrant cocktail is a combination of a kir -- the classic French combination of wine and blackcurrant syrup that David Lebovitz tells me is now, much to my chagrin, glaringly unchic, and a fantastic cocktail I had, many years ago, at the Flatiron Lounge in New York City. The floral nature of the viognier, one of my favorite white wines, is enhanced by the fragrance of the elderflower syrup, and the grapefruit adds color and a nice acid balance. I buy my elderflower syrup at Ikea -- a bottle will last a LONG time.Savour

Serves 1

  • 2 tablespoons pink grapefruit juice cocktail (you can substitute fresh pink grapefruit juice for a drier drink)
  • 2 tablespoons elderflower syrup, or elderflower drink concentrate
  • 5 ounces Viognier white wine
  1. In a wine glass, combine elderflower and grapefruit juice. Add chilled wine. Stir gently, and enjoy.

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over 5 years ago Lizthechef

I'm with them re kir...Would elderberry cordial work? I have some and will try it. BevMo sells it.


over 5 years ago Savour

Liz -- elderflower and elderberry are different flavors, but an elderflower cordial would work. Another thing that would work if you can't find the cordial is an elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain.


over 5 years ago thirschfeld

It is only unchic to those who follow the trends. The Kir and Kir Royal are like Chanel they have never been out of style.


over 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Kir is unchic--oh c'est dommage! I love kir! Will have to try your drink.