Fresh and fruity, this Raspberry Lemon Elderflower Gin Cocktail is one of the best gin cocktails. Make this elderflower gin cocktail with only 4 simple ingredients: fresh raspberries, lemon juice, gin and St Germain.
Elderflower liqueur tastes like a combination of tropical, citrus, and floral flavors. It's a perfect pairing with the herbaceous flavor of gin. Combined with fruit and citrus, this is a winning cocktail.
It's delicious to sip on year-round, but it's a great summer cocktail when raspberries are in season.
- St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- Fresh Lemon
- Fresh Raspberries
- Cocktail shaker
- Muddler - a bartender's tool used to crush, or macerate, fruits and herbs to bring out their flavors.
- Cocktail glass
How to Make an Elderflower Gin Cocktail
This refreshing cocktail packs a punch with only 4 ingredients! St. Germain is a French liqueur made from elderflower, a flower from the Elderberry Tree. It's one of my favorite liqueurs because it pairs well with almost any alcohol. Gin with elderflower is a delicious combination.
To make this gin and elderflower cocktail you want to start with the muddled raspberries. Add lemon juice and raspberries to a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to smash the berries. This will be the base of your berry gin cocktail.
Once the raspberries are muddled, add the gin and elderflower liqueur to the cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour in a glass. I like to garnish this raspberry lemon cocktail with either raspberries or a lemon wedge. I find it best to enjoy this gin and St Germain cocktail on a patio!
Swaps & Substitutions
- If you're not a raspberry fan, use fresh blackberries to make a blackberry gin cocktail.
- Lime juice can be used instead of lemon juice.
- St. Germain can be a little on the pricey side, so I often use an 'off brand' of elderflower liqueur when making this drink. Drillaud elderflower liqueur is about half the cost of St. Germain and has a very similar, if not the same, taste.
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Raspberry Lemon Elderflower Gin Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin or vodka
- 1 ½ ounces St. Germain or another elderflower liqueur brand
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 6 raspberries
- Combine all ingredients (except ice) in a cocktail shaker.
- Using a muddler, crush the raspberries until they are broken up, or macerated.
- Add 2-3 ice cubes. Put the top on the cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake!
- (optional) The muddled raspberries get stuck in the cocktail strainer, so I take the top off and use a mesh strainer to strain the liquid into a glass, or just pour straight in a glass to leave the muddled raspberries in your drink. Garnish with raspberries or lemon wedge.
- You can make a blackberry gin cocktail by substituting blackberries for the raspberries.
- If you don't have a muddler, you can crush, or smash, the raspberries with a fork.