This Summer Blush, a Gin and Prosecco Cocktail, turns a beautiful shade of blush with the addition of sweet floral elderflower and bitter pink grapefruit. Get the recipe below
Elderflower, the taste of English summer
I am a big, big fan of elderflower. I’d been drinking Elderflower cordial for years before I found out just how easy it was to make at home! (Recipe here).
The elder is an ancient hedgerow plant, that is native to Britain. It’s steeped in mystery and superstition, with a number of powers and special properties being attributed to it. Folklore says that if you want see fairies, all you need to do is stand under an elder tree on Midsummer’s Eve. But, you better be careful not to fall asleep, because they’ll carry you off! Now I can’t say I’ve seen any fairies while out picking elderflower in and around Enfield, but it’s still one of my favourite flowers.
I made this years batch of Elderflower a week ago now and I’ve been itching to use it in something. With prosecco leftover from my sisters hen do and a well stocked gin cupboard I decided that the Elderflower cordial would make the perfect base to a fizzy summer cocktail.
Elderflower, gin and prosecco is an awesome combination in its own right, so the next time you pour a glass of prosecco definitely consider spiking it with these two delicious tipples. But I wanted to make this cocktail a little longer, something you could enjoy over ice on a hot summer day. Pink grapefruit added the perfert balance of bittersweet to the cocktail.
Even better, adding the prosecco to the elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice and gin mix creates this awesome “sunset” effect in a beautiful blush shade of pink.
This cocktail would be perfect garnished with a slice of grapefruit, or perhaps a twist of the rind. I had a few sprigs of elderflower leftover so added the flowers to the top of the glass. Isn’t it pretty?!
With just 4 ingredients this cocktail couldn’t be easier. You can use store bought elderflower cordial if you want but if you’re thinking ahead then do make sure you check out my recipe for making elderflower cordial at home.
- 100ml pink grapefruit juice
- 25ml gin
- 50ml elderflower cordial
- 1 small glass of Prosecco (roughly 150ml)
- Ice to serve
- Add the pink grapefruit juice, gin and elderflower cordial to your glass and stir.
- Fill the glass to the top with ice then pour over the prosecco.
- Serve immediately with garnish.
This recipe only serves one.
If your'e serving a crowd, add the grapefruit, cordial and gin to your glasses ahead of time and simply add ice and top up with prosecco when you are ready to serve!
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If you wanted to be really clever you could replace the elderflower cordial and prosecco with homemade elderflower champagne!