11 August 2011

Strawberry & Elderflower Cocktail

I have given up on Summer. You must be getting sick of hearing me saying that by now.

I had visions of sitting in the garden, sipping this cocktail with friends. Alas, it is not to be, so I decided to make it anyway, while strawberries are still in season.

Please excuse the quality of the photo. It was a dark, dreich evening, so this was the best I could do.

I really must set up a home light box before the winter comes. They are so easy to make if you follow Sarah's simple instructions.

I had trouble finding the Bottlegreen Strawberry & Elderflower Cordial locally, so I asked Bottlegreen if I could procure a bottle and they very kindly sent me a bottle of Strawberry & Elderflower and a bottle of Pear & Elderflower Cordial from their Blossom Cottage range.

In my professional opinion there is no point making enough for one. I think you should at least have two each or go crazy and have a jug of it. It is the best cocktail ever. I cannot tell you how good it is with the little chunks of sweet strawberry through it. Mmmmmmmmmm! I added some of the pear cordial to top of each glass, but the presse would give a lovely fizz to the cocktail.

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Strawberry & Elderflower Cocktail
A gorgeous Summer cocktail filled with fresh seasonal strawberries.
  • 75g hulled strawberries
  • 50ml vodka
  • 30ml bottlegreen strawberry & elderflower cordial
  • top with bottlegreen elderflower pressé
  • 2 or 3 ice cubes
Put the fruit into a jug, and add the vodka and bottlegreen strawberry & elderflower cordial.

Using a stick blender, blend until smooth.

Pour the blended mixture into a tall glass over two or three ice cubes and then top up with bottlegreen elderflower pressé.

If desired add a couple of fresh strawberries to the drink.

Quick Tip

When making a few of these cocktails, a larger blender or food processor can be used to puree the strawberries.

Prep time:
Yield: 1 glass


  1. I have given up on summer too, and I am in SW France!
    LOVELY cocktail, I love elderflower and make my own syrup every year! I may try that if it stops raining.....
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  2. Nic over at Nip it in the Bud urged me to make my own, but I haven't had the urge so far. Not enugh hours in the day with a wee one and work. Impressed you make your own Karen :)

  3. just heard from E's family how dreich the weather is over your side of the world - what a summer! scandal, riots and no sunshine! Hope the sun might spare you a few rays before it heads down our way

  4. Hey Johanna, Well not in Scotland, the scandal and riots that is. We have lenty of downpours though. We will have a pond instead of a garden soon.

  5. I love this cocktail, so pretty, and refreshing. Love the ingredients...really elegant, as well:DDD

  6. I've given up on the summer as well; the leak in the kitchen is convincing me we should give up on this flat, quickly!!

    Can't wait to settle in a bit closer - and hopefully find some good fresh things like elderflower from the local farms and such. I'd like to try and make my own, and this sounds like a lovely drink, even sans vodka!

  7. Thanks Elizabeth :)

    It would be delicious without the vodka Tanita, maybe with some lemonade instead.

    You must be excited to have somewhere new to explore. Looking forward to visiting you there x

  8. This looks so nice and refreshing...Perfect for the summers...

  9. That sounds delicious, even without the vodka it would be lovely. Peeing down with rain again today, I had to drive two hours to Ayr and back in driving rain behind big trucks grrrr!

  10. Summer is defo a wash out! But this cocktail could help me think otherwise (while ever I have my eyes closed lol). Yum.

  11. I think summer was in April, no?..

    Cocktail looks fab and refreshing! I've not tried that cordial before so will hunt some down!

    And also thanks for reminder on lightbox, I printed off instructions to make one yonks back and still haven't gotten around to it!

  12. This sounds divine. My sister introduced me to the elderflower cordial this summer and I meant to pick some up when I returned home. I'd forgotten all about it! Thanks for the reminder. YUM!

  13. It is it's lovely Neha :)

    You should make this then Janice, it would perk up your evening, but not too many on a school night mind!

    We can always pretend Chele :)

    I think you are right Anne, summer was in April. The cordials are rather special.

    I love elderflower too Mary, I like it in these cordials and in Shloer too.

  14. I tried elderflower syrup for the first time not that long ago and have been searching for it ever since.

  15. It's great, isn't it Val? You will have to google Bottlegreen and see if it available in Canada.

  16. It's great, isn't it Val? You will have to google Bottlegreen and see if it available in Canada.


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