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Elderflowers may not be the first things that you think of when making a Champagne Cocktail. Neither is orange peel perhaps, however these two ingredients completely transform the cocktail into a purely unique gem.
These small white flowers called Elderflowers are typically used to make a soft drink called a cordial. St-Germain is the first liquer in the world created in the artisanal French manner from these freshly handpicked blossoms. Adding St-Germain to Champagne adds a subtle floral taste. Another way to transform the cocktail is to add orange bitters and orange peel. Be careful with the bitters, as a little go a long way. And as if the cocktail was not unique enough, add an orange peel. The oils from the peel will add a subtle orange flavor to the drink.
1 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
1/2 teaspoon Orange Bitters
1 Orange Peel
1. Pour the St Germain Elderflower Liqueur into a Champagne glass. Pour in the Champagne leaving a little room on top. Splash in the bitters.
2. Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler. Curl and place into the glass. Enjoy.
Zachari Wilks has been a familiar face behind bars for a little over 15 years. He has pioneered the craft cocktail scene in Indianapolis and acted as catalyst to the growing mixology culture now found