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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
- In a shaker with ice, add the ale, elderflower water, and club soda.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Spring Refresher