Elderflower Magic & Cocktails You Must Try
Elderflower comes from the ‘potentially’ toxic Elder plant. Known for its flavoring properties, the elderflower is an excellent ingredient for making cocktails. The bursting of the elderflowers from the elder tree ushers in the summer season. These sweet-scented flowers make for some wonderful summer drinks. Not just that – elderflower is an excellent addition to tarts and fruity desserts. You can couple them with gooseberries to make delicious relishes and chutneys. The elderflower can also be brewed as a herbal tea.
The Elderflower Cordial is the most popular way in which the flower is put to use. This refreshing cordial is the perfect drink to have on a hot, summer day. This simple drink is made by using fresh elderflowers, lemon, sugar, water and some citric acid. You can spruce it up by mixing sparkling wine and voila, you have a rocking party drink.
There are a few restaurants in Mumbai that use elderflower in their cocktails. So if you want to try out elderflower cocktails, here are some of the places that you must visit:
English Summer at NRI, BKC
Think of a gorgeous countryside landscape on a warm, summer day with a lovely, cool drink. A sip of NRI’s English Summer will take you to this wondrous setting instantaneously. The English Summer has gin mixed with elderflower syrup, apple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup and fresh basil leaves.
Elder Royal at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Khar
One of the most simplest cocktails using elderflower syrup. Similar to a spritzer, elderflower syrup topped up with sparkling wine makes Elder Royal.
Elderflower Cooler at The Table, Colaba
The Elderflower Cooler is the perfect way to beat the scorching heat. This cocktail has the refreshing elderflower cordial paired with some chilled Chandon Brut. Elderflower Cooler 1 – 0 Mumbai summer.
Minty Buns at The Daily, Bandra
Dark rum mixed with pineapple juice gets a subtle boost from elderflower and cucumber, The entire combination makes a drink which packs a punch without overwhelming the taste buds.
Prices mentioned are excluding of taxes.