Looking to learn how to make the best Elderflower Collins cocktail recipe?
Our quick & easy Elderflower Collins drink is a thirst quenching cocktail best enjoyed on a sunny summer day. It’s also a perfect Elderflower cocktail with gin to serve at Easter, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, bridal showers and baby showers.
The sweet and floral cocktail features premium gin, lemon juice, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Elderflower Tonic Water, soda and fresh lemon slice.
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What Is Elderflower?
Floral flavours are all the rage these days in the cocktail game, elevating homemade drinks to celebratory levels. Elderflower infused drinks are your ticket to a cheery summer cocktail party.
Small, white elderflowers grow on elderberry bushes, which are found throughout the United Kingdom, northern European countries like Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany, as well as in parts of North America. The petite flowers bloom from late May to early June.
Elderflower can be enjoyed as a cordial, liqueur and flavoured tonic water.
Our Elderflower Collins recipe is infused with the unique floral flavour thanks to St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.
Best Selling Gin
Gin has certainly enjoyed a boom in popularity at cocktail bars in recent years. You’ll find fantastic premium gins distilled from Scotland to Muskoka. Here are some of the world’s best selling gins and some of our local small batch favourites:
- Gordon’s Gin: The world’s top selling gin brand is owned by Diageo. The brand’s pink iteration has undoubtedly helped to fuel its success. Gordon’s has also unveiled a line of new innovative products including two “ultra-low-alcohol” pre-mixed gin and tonic sparkling beverages and Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles.
- Bombay Sapphire Gin: Bacardi-owned Bombay Sapphire is one of the worlds best-selling gins. Bombay Sapphire kicked off a new limited edition range with the launch of a gin inspired by summer in the English countryside.
- Tanqueray: Diageo-owned Tanqueray launched a new marketing campaign developed to shift consumers’ attention from “gimmicks” to flavour and unveiled a range of bottled ready-to-drink gin and tonics, made with its London Dry Gin and Flor de Sevilla Distilled Gin.
- Beefeater Gin: Pernod Ricard’s flagship gin brand is Beefeater. The brand launched strawberry-flavoured Beefeater Pink in 2018 and further expanded its portfolio with the debut of a new blood orange-flavoured gin.
- Seagram’s: Pernod Ricard-owned Seagram’s is a top seller having recently purchased Italian brand Malfy Gin.
- Hendrick’s Gin: Opened the door to its £13 million Gin Palace in 2018, allowing the brand to double its capacity to two million cases annually. The Scottish brand has also added to its portfolio with the launch of the limited edition summer solstice-inspired Midsummer Solstice gin.
- Edinburgh Gin: This craft distillery in Edinburgh produces a parade of flavoured gin bottles including rhubarb & ginger gin, raspberry gin, bramble & honey gin, black currant & anise, strawberry & pink peppercorn and pomegranate & rose.
- Dillon’s Distillery: This Beamsville producer makes small batch gins including rose gin, cherry gin and strawberry gin.
- Muskoka Brewery: This Ontario craft brewery produces a London Dry and spicy pink peppercorn gin.
Travel to Taste the World’s Best Gins
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with a classic Gin John Collins Drink recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best gin distilleries.
The world’s most famous gins can be found in the United Kingdom as well as neighbouring Ireland. The booming gin trend has produced a high demand for premium gins produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
We’ve visited a handful of gin distilleries in Britain as well as a chic gin cocktail bar at the Shangri-La Hotel in Taipei. The gin craze has officially travelled from England to North America, Asia and beyond!
In Scotland we visited Edinburgh Gin for a tour and tasting before enjoying a road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay whisky distilleries. One of the best things to do on the Isle of Islay is pay a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery, which produces its signature whisky as well as Botanist Gin.
In Brighton we visited a tiny micro-distillery called Brighton Gin, one of the best things to do in Brighton for G&T fans. We also stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire to sip our way through the jaw-dropping home of renowned Bombay Sapphire.
Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best gins?
Our favourite Canadian gins include Ungava in Quebec, Tawse and Dillon’s in Niagara, Muskoka Brewery in Ontario cottage country, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits in Prince Edward County, North of 7 in Ottawa, Dixon’s in Guelph, Eau Claire Distillery in Alberta, Blackfox in Saskatoon, Ironworks Gin in Nova Scotia and Long Table Distillery in British Columbia.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Elderflower Collins soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Elderflower Collins Ingredients
Our Elderflower Collins cocktail is made with the best premium ingredients.
- Gin: be sure to use a premium gin like The Botanist or Aviation Gin.
- Lemon Juice: only use freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can taste the difference when someone incorrectly muddles cocktails with store bought citrus juice.
- Elderflower Liqueur: St Germain is often described as a bartenders salt and pepper, enhancing cocktails with its unique floral flavour profile. The artisanal French liqueur is prepared with fresh, hand-picked elderflower blossoms.
- Tonic: we suggest using premium Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.
- Lemon: garnish the glass with a fresh lemon wheel, slice or wedge.
Elderflower Collins Cocktail Tips
This Elderflower Collins recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 5 minutes.
We love serving this sweet and floral Elderflower Collins cocktail during the summer as it’s a refreshing sip on a hot day. It’s also a great addition to celebrations like Eater, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and baby & bridal showers.
Our Elderflower Collins recipe below is listed for one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.
Serve the drink in a proper Collins or highball glass with whole ice cubes or crushed ice.
Garnish with fresh lemon wheels, slices or wedges. If you are preparing this cocktail when elderflower is in season where you live, finesse the glass with a sprig of elderflowers for eye-popping appeal.
If you can’t find Elderflower Tonic you can use regular tonic water or soda water. The drink won’t be as strongly flavoured with elderflower but you can try and add additional St Germain liqueur to balance things out.
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Best Elderflower Collins Cocktail Recipe
Elderflower Collins Gin Cocktail
- Highball Glass
- Cocktail spoon
- Shot Glass
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 0.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 2 oz Elderflower Tonic Water
- 3 oz Soda Water
- Lemon slice
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients.
- Muddle with a cocktail spoon and garnish with a lemon wheel.
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