Autumn Garden: Elderflower Gin Cocktail

It’s almost time to reveal our wedding photos, but until then I’ll just have to entice you with another fabulous cocktail recipe from our reception! This one we called the “Autumn Garden”, and was a total hit with our guests. Whether you’re a gin drinker like myself or not, you’ll love it. Elderflower isn’t as common in the US, but it is the most delicious base for a cocktail. With hints of passionfruit, grapefruit, lemon, peach and pear, it’s perfect for drinking all year long and mixes beautifully with gin. This elderflower gin cocktail combines with other autumnal flavours like apple and cranberry (and is relatively easy to make), so you’ll definitely impress your holiday party guests with this one. If you aren’t able to find fresh elderflowers for garnish, look into other small white flowers that might be available at a nursery or florist near you (just do your research and make sure they are edible first – you don’t have to eat them, but you just want to be sure they are safe to put in your drink). Read below for the recipe, and drink responsibly!


Makes 1 serving

A well deserved measure of Hendricks gin (50ml)
Homemade elderflower cordial or store bought elderflower liqueur (20ml)
Pressed Jazz apple (another semi sweet apple would also work) (100ml)
10ml lemon juice
25ml Cranberry juice

Combine all liquid ingredients and pour over cubed ice. Serve long with a long flower blossom and apple fan garnish.


To make an apple fan garnish, cut your apple in half (avoiding the core). Slice thinly. Pierce a section of the sliced apple with a tooth pick, and fan out as below.



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2 responses to “Autumn Garden: Elderflower Gin Cocktail”

  1. What a beautiful looking cocktail!! Absolutely gorgeous 🙂


  2. Edith says:

    I hope this is not a stupid question – how does one prevent the sliced apple fan decoration from browning quickly? Simply dip it in lemon juice?

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