My good friends know that I have trouble transitioning into summer drinks, given my passion for porters, stouts and whiskeys during the cooler months. Don't get me wrong, I love a cosmo or a gin and tonic as much as a gal can, but finding my "summer drink" is tricky.
I drink Lillet on ice or Campari sodas when I'm with friends or in the garden, but I like having a regular stock of something more versatile in the home. And one should never drink Lillet alone, really.
I've made a couple Ikea runs since my move and I found a bottle of elderflower syrup. I was curious, and drawn to something that is sweet and feminine, but also recommended for flavoring water. How practical! I got a bottle, hoping I could get creative.
This is a lovely variation of a drink my godmother made me, only hers uses St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur in the most beautiful bottle you've ever seen. This is my take, a little twist on the French Gimlet.
-1 Tablespoon of elderflower syrup or St. Germain
-4 oz. grapefruit soda (you can use juice, but I like the bubbles for summer)
-slice or twist of lime
Serve up or on the rocks.
Great for a party, or just to celebrate you!