The ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. The Cucumber and Elderflower Collins is floral, delicate and sure to be a winner at your next party.
I thought it was time I introduced you to my favourite cocktail. The Cucumber and Elderflower Collins.
The first time I had a Cucumber and Elderflower Collins was when I dined at Berardo's in beautiful Noosa, and it was love at first sip. It has a little bit of everything I love. It is delicate, floral and oh so refreshing on a warm summer evening.
You can get fancy and break out the cocktail shaker if you like, but really it's not necessary. Simply shave long slivers of cucumber (a peeler works best) and swirl around your glass. I like to use a highball crystal glass, but feel free to use your favourite glass. Add the elderflower cordial and your favourite gin to the glass. I like Bombay Sapphire but Gordon's is wonderful too. Top with ice and soda water and stir well to combine. A sprig of mint is a beautiful finish however if you don't have any it isn't necessary, although I think it does add another wonderful dimension.
You can also easily scale this recipe up to make a big pitcher to share at your next dinner party of bbq.
Cucumber and Elderflower Collins
- cucumber strips
- 30 ml gin
- 15 ml elderflower cordial
- soda water
- sprig of mint optional
- Use a peeler to peel long strips of cucumber. Swirl around a highball glass. Add the gin and elderflower cordial, add ice and top soda water. Stir well. Add a sprig of mint to serve.
Boyd Kobe says
Gorgeous looking cocktail! It sounds so delicious too. Can’t wait to try these, everyone will love them.
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Jennifer, this sounds perfect for the scorcher of a summer that we're expecting. Cucumber is so refreshing! Love it.
Love the look of the cucumber- makes it look so fancy! (they'd probably charge you heaps for that at a bar!) I'm usually too lazy to make myself a cocktail- I usually just throw together some liquor and whatever soft drink I have in the fridge haha....but this sounds really good!! Might have to get myself some elderflower cordial!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
I love any gin based cocktails! This is so refreshing!
Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says
Oh I didn't know you could get Elderflower Cordial at Coles! This sounds like the perfect big pitcher barbecue drink 🙂
Yasmeen | Wandering Spice says
Oh yes please! Now that the heat has kicked in in Melbourne this is just what I'd like to enjoy on the balcony. (We always have gin so that's a good start) 🙂
That is a good start! 😀 Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon 😉
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
I think I have a new favourite cocktail. I can't wait to get to Coles to get the cordial!
Cucumber and elderflower cocktails are one of my absolute favourites! I've never made my own though - that's going to change soon, thank you! x
Seems we have similar tastes 😀 I hope you enjoy it!
I love a gin and tonic, so would love to try this as a variation, it looks divine! Where do you get elderflower cordial from?
You can pick up elderflower cordial at Coles (it is called BottleGreen), Ikea or gourmet food stores. I hope that helps. 😀