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Elderflower Tonic

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

Bright, Tart and Floral this well balanced elderflower tonic is1000% more flavorful than any store bought can of tonic. Not to mention this recipe makes a large batch that will last months in the fridge and is easy on your wallet.



Elderflower Tonic Water + Citrus Spa Water
Elderflower Tonic Water + Citrus Spa Water

Mix up a big batch of this elderflower tonic syrup with some sparkling water for your next big gathering. It makes for a flavorful non-alcoholic beverage option that can easily be dazzled with a splash of gin.

 

This recipe is for a elderflower tonic syrup that is for mixing into a beverage and can be stored in the fridge for 6 months to a year, not that it will last that long.


Elderflower Tonic Syrup Recipe

Yield: 4 cups


Ingredients:

1 oz cinchona officinalis

1/2 oz green cardamom

1/2 cup elderflower

1 TBSP pink peppercorns

1/4 cup citric acid

3 cups sugar of choice

1 lemon, zest & juice

1 orange, zest & juice

1 lime, zest & juice

4 cups water


Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except citric acid to a medium pot on the stove top.

  2. Bring to gentle simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Turn heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.

  3. Strain tonic through a mesh strainer, then again through a cheesecloth lined strainer.

  4. Return to pot and stir in citric acid.

  5. Bottle and chill in fridge for up to 6 months.


Elderflower Tonic simmering on the stovetop
Elderflower Tonic simmering on the stovetop

 

Mix Drink Recipes


There are so many gins on the market to choose from. If you are feeling overwhelmed with options, keep an eye out for my go to botanical gins that compliment this elderflower tonic perfectly.


Wildroots gin is made in Portland, Oregon, they make a few varieties my favorites being the cucumber gin and the classic.


St. George spirits in the Alameda, California makes a well balanced botanical gin that can easily be sipped on. My favorite is their St. George Terroir Gin with the Botanivore Gin being a close second. But honestly I love every St. George spirit, even the vodka and for me that is saying something!


Ways to use the syrup:

Add all ingredients to a glass and stir

Garnish options: cucumber slice, lime wedge, edible flower, mint or rosemary sprig


Gin & Tonic:

1.5 ounces of gin

1/2 to 1 ounce of elderflower tonic syrup

4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water

Ice optional


Elderflower Gin & Tonic

1.5 ounces of gin

1 ounce St Germain

1/2 to 1 ounce of elderflower tonic syrup

4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water

Ice optional


Elderflower Tonic Water:

1/2 to 1 ounce of elderflower tonic syrup

4 to 6 ounces of sparkling water

Ice optional


Elderflower Mocktail:

1 oz elderflower tonic syrup

1 oz seedlip (non-alcoholic spirit)

4 to 6 oz sparkling water

Ice (optional)


Enjoy 🥂


Where to find ingredients:

Oaktown Spice Shop is my first stop shop for all spices!

They ship anywhere and they even sell a tonic water kit with these ingredients!


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