Elder Fashion Royale

The Elder Fashion Royale, from Phil Ward at Death & Co., was one of the earliest cocktail recipes to take advantage of St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur brought to market back in 2007. All these years later, it’s still a stunner: glittering straw-gold, nicely dry with a beautiful floral aftertaste.

Since the sparkling wine makes up more than half the drink, it’s important to use a good one! Ward calls for dry Champagne, but any good-quality, not-too-sweet sparkling white will work here.

Ward used Plymouth gin in his original recipe, but we’ve also had good results with aged gin, or a botanic-forward gin like Hendrick’s.

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Stir all ingredients (except the sparkling white wine) with ice until chilled. Strain into a flute glass, and top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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