Floral Elixir Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Floral Elixir is a modern cocktail that was created by a renowned mixologist in New York City. It was designed to capture the essence of spring in a glass, with its floral notes and refreshing taste. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy light, refreshing drinks with a hint of sweetness.

  • Created in New York City
  • Designed to capture the essence of spring
  • Perfect for those who enjoy light, refreshing drinks

How Floral Elixir Tastes?

The Floral Elixir is a light, refreshing cocktail with a hint of sweetness. It has a delicate floral taste with notes of elderflower, rose, and lavender. The addition of lemon juice adds a tangy twist, balancing out the sweetness and adding a zesty finish.

Interesting facts about Floral Elixir

  • The Floral Elixir was created in New York City.
  • It is designed to capture the essence of spring.
  • The cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy light, refreshing drinks with a hint of sweetness.


A few good options for Floral Elixir are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflower liqueur brings a sweet, floral, and subtly fruity flavor. The 1 oz creates a perfect balance without overshadowing the gin's botanicals. Overdoing it could turn your tipple into a flower shop explosion. If you swap it for St. Germain, you'll still keep the flower power alive!

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Rose Syrup

Rose syrup adds a romantic hint of garden parties and spring kisses. At 0.5 oz, it's just enough to whisper 'rose' without shouting. Too much, and you're sipping on grandma's perfume. An alternative like hibiscus syrup could make for a tart, fruity flirtation.

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Lavender Bitters

Think of lavender bitters as the pixie dust in this magical mix. Two dashes are all you need for a whiff of countryside charm. Leave it out, and you miss the je ne sais quoi. Orange bitters could add a citrusy twist, but lavender's unique touch will be dearly missed.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

This zesty 0.5 oz of lemon juice cuts through the sweet, ensuring your drink doesn’t become a sugar fest. Cut the citrus, and the balance tips over to cloying. Lime juice could step in, adding a sharper tang.

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Gin is the backbone, the smooth operator in this concoction. At 1.5 oz, it provides structure without turning the drink into a botanical brawl. A lighter gin won’t stand up to the floral notes, while a navy-strength one might hijack the bouquet.

Alex Green

Edible Flowers

A twirl of petals isn’t just a pretty face—it’s setting the mood. No flowers, and your elixir is undressed. If unavailable, a twist of lemon zest could still provide a visual cue to the zesty flavors within.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Floral Elixir Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the elderflower liqueur, rose syrup, lavender bitters, lemon juice, and gin.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with edible flowers.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Chill the cocktail glass before serving to keep the drink cool longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese Plates: A floral cocktail pairs beautifully with a selection of mild cheeses such as goat cheese, Brie, or Camembert which won't overpower the delicate floral notes.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes like grilled shrimp, scallops, or a fresh ceviche complement the herbal and floral character of the cocktail.
  • Desserts: Puff pastries, lemon tarts, or fruit sorbets with a light and airy consistency match the cocktail's elegant profile.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A simple side of sparkling water cleanses the palate between sips, enhancing the refreshing qualities of the cocktail.
  • White Tea: A pot of gently brewed white tea can echo the floral notes and provide a non-alcoholic option for enjoying alongside the drink.

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What you could change in Floral Elixir

  • Elderflower liqueur can be replaced with St. Germain.
  • Rose syrup can be replaced with simple syrup and a few drops of rose water.
  • Lavender bitters can be replaced with regular bitters and a sprinkle of dried lavender.

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And of course - twists🍹

Rosemary's Blush

  • Replace gin with vodka: Vodka’s neutrality lets the floral notes shine even more.
  • Add rosemary sprig: Instead of shaking, stir gently with a rosemary sprig to infuse the drink with a herbal note.
  • Grapefruit juice: Swap out lemon juice for grapefruit to add a blush and bitter twist.

Rosemary’s Blush is an herb garden soirée in a glass—less botanical than the original, more crisp, with a grapefruit sunset hue that's sure to impress your chic friends.

Honeyed Hibiscus Twist

  • Substitute rose syrup with hibiscus syrup: For a less sweet, more tangy profile.
  • Honey: Sweeten with honey instead of elderflower liqueur for a touch of warm, natural sweetness.
  • Orange zest garnish: Finish with an orange zest for a zesty aroma.

The Honeyed Hibiscus twist strolls through a different part of the garden, showcasing an earthy sweetness and a vibrant, tangy personality, ideal for those seeking a less sugary escape.

Spicy Spark

  • Add chili tincture: A dash or two for the adventurous palate seeking a kick.
  • Cucumber ribbons: Include cucumber ribbons for freshness and aesthetic appeal.
  • Tonic water float: Top with tonic for a refreshing fizz.

The Spicy Spark ignites the cocktail with an unexpected fiery flirtation, balanced by cool cucumber and effervescent tonic—it’s a sensory adventure in each sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Floral Elixir

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Floral Elixir

What types of gin are best suited for a Floral Elixir?

Dry gins, which have a strong juniper flavor, are usually used in Floral Elixir. But you can also try using floral gins for an extra floral punch.

I'm not a fan of sweet drinks. Can I still enjoy the Floral Elixir?

Absolutely. The sweetness in Floral Elixir stems primarily from the elderflower liqueur and rose syrup. You can try reducing the amounts of these sweet ingredients to suit your taste.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Floral Elixir?

Certainly. To make a non-alcoholic version of the Floral Elixir, you can substitute the gin with tonic water or a non-alcoholic gin, and replace the elderflower liqueur with elderflower cordial.

What's the best time to enjoy a Floral Elixir?

The Floral Elixir is light and refreshing drink which makes it a perfect aperitif. It's also a popular choice for spring and summer afternoon gatherings.

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