Elderflower Sour

elderflower sour
Photo: Charles Masters
1 drink

Whip up the lemon-mint syrup a week in advance, and this inventive cocktail will be a cinch to put together at your party. It's bright and elegant, with layers of herbs and citrus flavors.


Lemon-Mint Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 4 sprigs mint

  • 1 lemon, zested then cut into slices


  • 2 ounces gin

  • 2 ounces elderflower liqueur, such as St-Germain

  • Club soda

  • Lemon slice and mint sprig, for garnish


  1. Lemon-Mint Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix sugar, mint, lemon zest and slices, and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes. Strain syrup, and refrigerate until ready to use (up to 10 days). (Makes enough for 12 drinks.)

  2. Cocktail: Pour gin, elderflower liqueur, 2 ounces syrup, and a splash of club soda into an ice-filled glass; stir to combine. Squeeze a lemon slice over the drink, then drop the slice and a sprig of mint into the glass to garnish.

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