Classic: Elderflower Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is the quintessential cocktail and one of my all-time favourites. So when I came across a variation that called for elderflower liqueur, I was sold.

This take on the Old Fashioned is just different enough to stand on its own. The combination of the bourbon and elderflower provides a lighter flavour than the original, while bringing out the essence of the latter.


¾ oz St. Germain Elderflower
2 ⅓ oz bourbon
3 dashes orange bitters

Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the St. Germain and bourbon and stir well. Strain over a chilled glass and add the bitters. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.

Like many cocktails, it’s crucial to remember to chill the glass you’ll be serving your drink in. It makes it that much more delicious and refreshing, so don’t skip this step.

I always love finding variations on the classics. Some work and some fall flat, but this version worked for me because it incorporated an ingredient I love.


So do some digging and look for variations of your favourite cocktails. It’s always handy to offer a spin on the classics for yourself and your guests. And it may even lead to your own unique ideas, so be adventurous!

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