The royal wedding is less than two weeks away! While details leading up to the May 19 nuptials have been scarce, the Palace did reveal one key component about the big day on Twitter: the wedding cake. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly requested “a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” Why not use that as a jumping-off point for a toast to the happy couple? If our recipes below are any indication, lemon and elderflower make just as delicious a pairing in a cocktail. And if you really want to go all out, finish each drink with a garnish fit for a queen: edible flower blossoms.
Spiked Elderflower Lemonade
Not familiar with elderflowers? They’re the delicate white flowers of the elderberry and have a citrusy, aromatic flavor. They’re in season in spring in the UK, which is perfect for the royal wedding, but don’t usually pop up stateside until summer. Luckily, you can use dried flowers to make the elderflower syrup for this next-level take on vodka-lemonade.
Swap out the usual peach purée for a homemade peach granita made with lemon juice, then add a splash of the elderflower liqueur St-Germain for a refreshing twist on the classic sparkling wine cocktail.
Break out your fanciest punch bowl and fill it up with this delicious concoction made with champagne, elderflower liqueur, lemons, and cranberry juice.
Equal parts gin, elderflower liqueur, and homemade lemon-mint syrup, plus a splash of soda water, yield a bespoke beverage with bright flavor.