Fresh and fragrant elderflower liqueur gives this traditional bourbon cocktail a spring-like twist. It’s the perfect brunch, lunch or dinner drink to serve as the days get longer and temperatures get warmer.
Please forgive me, because I just can’t seem to step away from tasty and creative cocktail world. If you’re already reading this post, I’m guessing you don’t mind. I just couldn’t resist sharing one more fun and festive cocktail before Easter because, if you’re a fan of bourbon, you’re going to want to add this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe to your Sunday menu.
It’s no secret that Old-Fashioned’s are one of my favorite types of cocktails, if the Drinks section of my website is any indication. In fact, I love the fact that I already seem to have an Old-Fashioned recipe for every season.
For the fall/winter months, I love me a good Maple Apple Old-Fashioned. It just feels so warm and cozy and the flavors are just what you want to experience when you’re cozied up inside next to the fire.
For the hot summer months, I’m all about the Twisted Whiskey Kind of Afternoon, a twist on the old-fashioned which features zesty grapefruit and Aperol.
Come spring, it’s going to be hard to choose between this Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned and my OG Rhubarb Old-Fashioned. So many choices, so little time!
So, before we get into what makes THIS particular old-fashioned recipe one for the books, let’s get into what is typically included in this classic bourbon cocktail.
Just your typical Old-Fashioned…
A typical Old-Fashioned recipe includes the following ingredients:
Bourbon or rye
It’s really quite amazing how these few ingredients come together to make one damn delicious drink, but it’s also fun to get creative!
How to Mix It Up
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good classic cocktail, but man would this blog be boring if I didn’t mix it up every once in a while. I’ve already mentioned above some other fun ways I’ve reinvented this classic, but let’s get to the real reason we’re here today…my Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned!
The great thing about embellishing something that’s already (1) simple to make and (2) tastes fantastic is that you can’t really go wrong. Here, we simply use already fairly sweet elderflower liqueur in lieu of the sugar cube and it’s a win-win: no extra sweetness than you’d already have with your classic Old-Fashioned, and a faint floral taste that plays off the orange peel beautifully.
I love that you don’t need any special tools to make this one-of-a-kind drink. A glass, a rock (I love these ice molds! *affiliate link*), and a stirring spoon will get you right where you need to be: relaxing on the porch or in the garden with a delicious Elderflower Old-Fashioned in hand!
Sip of Spring Elderflower Old-Fashioned Recipe
- 1 ounce elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain's)
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 2 ounces rye or bourbon
- Orange twist
- Place one large ice cube in a chilled old-fashioned glass.
- Add elderflower liqueur and bitters.
- Pour in rye or bourbon.
- Slide orange twist down the side of the glass (on the inside), stir lightly and serve!
- To make an orange twist, use a vegetable or citrus peeler to peel about a 2- to 3-inch piece of orange peel.
- For ultimate enjoyment, use one large ice cube that will melt into the cocktail slowly as you enjoy it. You can find large cocktail ice molds here (affiliate link).