Elderflower Shandy

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Author Notes: I love elderflower martinis - with a passion. But, I'm not afraid to admit they get the best of me at times. Obviously, the elderflower water isn't to blame, so I found another way to enjoy it...responsibly. The elderflower water becomes an alternative to lemonade in a shandy, with its faint hit of citrus and mellow, sweet flavor. Add just a bit of club soda to give it a springtime-y fizz, and you've got a light and refreshing barely-cocktail perfect for imbibing on a patio with some friends.meredithhimelfarb

Serves one elderflower shandy

  • 1/3 c. Dark ale (Two shots)
  • 2/3 c. Elderflower water (Four shots)
  • 1/3 c. Club soda (Two shots)
  • Ice cubes
  • Sprigs of fresh lemon thyme for garnish
  1. In a shaker with ice, add the ale, elderflower water, and club soda.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice.
  3. Top the shandy with a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme for garnish - and so you can inhale its wonderful, citrusy scent as you go in for each sip.
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over 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

It occurred to me as I was making one of these for myself after work that when I say Elderflower water, what I am actually meaning to refer to is Elderflower juice. (I.e. Sweetner is involved!) I use Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Presse. (I've found at larger grocery stores...and also World Market.)

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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this sounds so nice!

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over 4 years ago cheese1227

Have you tried that new elderflower liquor?? Mixed with prosecco?? If not, you should.

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over 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

I have heard of it but not tried it. I have quite a fondess for prosecco...that combo sounds like it could be my Achilles' heel.

Winnie100

over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Love this!

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over 4 years ago meredithhimelfarb

Thanks!