A gin elderflower cucumber cocktail is one of the most delicious, fruity and sweet cocktails. It is perfect for a summer party or as a Coronation cocktail to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. The mix of citrusy gin, sweet and floral elderflower with the cool and earthy cucumber along with cloudy lemonade is a mix made in heaven.
As the warm weather approaches, there’s nothing quite like a delicious and refreshing cocktail to cool down with. So, if you’re looking for something that’s both sweet and floral, with a hint of earthiness, then the gin elderflower cucumber cocktail may be just what you need.
This crowd-pleasing cocktail is perfect for any summer party or special occasion, and with the help of this recipe, you’ll be able to whip up a batch in no time.
Why you’ll love this gin elderflower cucumber cocktail recipe
The gin elderflower cucumber cocktail is a drink that’s sure to please any taste buds.
Not only is this gin elderflower cocktail visually stunning, with its very light colour, but it also boasts a unique and delicious flavour that’s hard to resist.
The combination of gin, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, and lime juice creates a refreshing and lightly floral taste, with just a hint of sweetness. And if you’re a fan of gin, you’ll love the way this cocktail brings out the best in this classic spirit. Plus, with the addition of fresh cucumbers, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables (or at least make yourself feel like you’re being healthy while enjoying a delicious drink!).
So, whether you’re sipping on this cocktail poolside, at a summer barbecue, or just on a lazy afternoon at home, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be savouring every last drop. As elderflower cocktails this recipe will serve you so well.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Gin Elderflower Cucumber Cocktail Ingredients
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First, for this gin elderflower cocktail, you’ll need your favourite gin. I recommend something on the drier side, like London Dry Gin, to balance out the sweetness of the elderflower cordial.
Elderflower cordial is available in most supermarkets and adds a delicate floral note to the drink.
The cloudy lemonade adds a beautiful colour but you can swap it out for normal lemonade if you want.
Fresh cucumber and raspberries
The cucumber adds freshness and the raspberries at a spot of colour and juicy sweetness. Don’t forget to garnish with a fresh cucumber slice for the perfect finishing touch.
How to make Gin Elderflower Cucumber Cocktail – step by step
Chill your glass with ice cubes and prep your glass with cucumber slices. But You could create long strips depending on your glass.
Measure out your gin and top it with the elderflower cordial.
Top with lemonade and serve!
Gin Elderflower Cucumber Cocktail Top Tips
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For an even better gin elderflower cucumber cocktail, consider trying some of these top tips.
To make a more refreshing drink, swap out regular gin for cucumber-infused gin or elderflower liqueur. A gin elderflower cocktail is so fresh and I adore it.
You can also add soda water or tonic for a little fizz.
If you need to make a large batch for a party or gathering, just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings needed and mix everything together in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
Substitutions and variations
To further customize the gin elderflower cucumber cocktail, there are a few easy substitutions you can try.
If you prefer a sweeter drink, swap out the lemonade for club soda or tonic or even ginger ale. For a smokier flavour, try using mezcal instead of gin. You can also experiment with different types of bitters or add a splash of grapefruit juice for a tangy twist.
If you want to make the cocktail a little lighter, switch out the elderflower cordial for St. Germain or another fruit-flavoured liqueur. And if the cucumber isn’t your thing, try using mint or basil instead. Elderflower cocktails are so perfect for summer and hot days.
The possibilities for elderflower cocktails are endless, so have fun experimenting with different flavours to find your perfect combination.
Once you’ve found your ideal substitution, you can easily make a large batch for your next gathering. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings needed and mix everything together in a large pitcher or punch bowl. This way, you can spend less time mixing drinks and more time enjoying them with your guests.
Making the Gin Elderflower Cucumber Cocktail ahead of time options
Whether you’re throwing a party or just want to have a few drinks ready for a quiet night in, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Firstly, you’ll want to make sure to mix the cocktail in a container that can be tightly sealed to avoid any oxidation or contamination if you want to make it in advance. Once you’ve mixed the ingredients, make sure to store them in the refrigerator to keep them chilled until it’s time to serve. I would definitely recommend adding the lemonade when you need it so stays really bubbly.
If you want to take it a step further, consider making a batch of cucumber, gin and elderflower juice ahead of time and storing it in the fridge. That way, all you need to do is add the lemonade and ice when it’s time to serve. This will save you time and effort.
It’s important to note that the longer the cocktail sits, the more the flavours will meld together. So, if you can, try to make it a few hours before serving. This will allow the cucumber and elderflower flavours to infuse into the gin, creating a more complex and delicious cocktail.
Overall, making the gin elderflower cucumber cocktail ahead of time is a great way to save time and streamline your hosting experience. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have a delicious cocktail ready to go whenever the mood strikes.
The gin elderflower cucumber cocktail is a refreshing and delicious option for any occasion. With its dry gin, sweet elderflower, cool cucumber, and cloudy lemonade, it’s sure to impress your guests and quench your thirst on a warm summer day.
Remember to follow my tips for the perfect mix, and don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions or make it ahead of time. So why not shake up your next party with this cocktail.
What Flavours work well with elderflower?
Elderflower is a wonderfully light and slightly sweet flavour, meaning it works well with lots of different flavours. I love adding gin and lemonade to elderflower but it can also go really well with sweet fruits.
Does elderflower cordial need diluting?
Yes, elderflower cordial needs to be diluted with water if you are drinking it as is. But if you are using elderflower cordial to flavour a drink it may not need to be diluted with water.
Why does elderflower taste so good?
Elderflower tastes so good as it is a light and sweet flavour that pairs with so many other things. It tastes luxurious and the fruity notes are wonderful.
Is cucumber good with alcohol?
Yes, cucumber is very good with alcohol, its refreshing taste is perfect with a range of alcohols. I love having cucumber with gin, a match made in heaven.
Why is cucumber good with gin?
Cucumber is good with gin as the two flavours pair perfectly together. They are both light flavours and are super refreshing. The slightly sharp gin paired with the smooth cooling cucumber is delicious.
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Gin Elderflower Cucumber Cocktail – Coronation Cocktail 2
- Ice cubes
- 50 ml Gin (3 tablespoons)
- 12.5 ml Elderflower Cordial (2.5 teaspoons)
- 150 ml Cloudy lemonade (topping up the glass)
- 4 Raspberries (for decoration)
- Thinly slice a cucumber and make a few slices. You can go circles or even long strips.
- Add the ice cubes.
- Pour over the 50ml gin and 12.5ml elderflower.
- Top up with cloudy lemonade.
- Add a few raspberries for a dash of colour and extra flavour.
- The raspberries are a lovely addition to the drink. They add colour and a little extra flavour. Plus a little snack as you enjoy the drink.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.