Cocktail of the week: GNH Bar & Terrace’s elderflower sour – recipe | Spirits


A silky and sweet sour balanced with aromatic and botanical flavours. Crème de violette is a great standby to have in your cupboard: just a few drops will transform a cocktail or dessert with a hint of floral taste and colour.

Elderflower sour

Serves 1

40ml gin – I use Filliers Oude Graanjenever for its slightly whisky-like notes; the likes of Bathtub or The Botanist would also work well here
25ml elderflower liqueur – I use St Germain, but would also recommend Briottet’s Fleur de Sureau
20ml fresh lemon juice
15ml crème de violette –
I use the Bitter Truth’s violet liqueur
1 egg white
1 sprig
gypsophila or lavender, to garnish

Put all the liquids and the egg white in a shaker and dry shake. Add ice, shake again, then strain into a chilled coupette or martini glass, garnish and serve.

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