It’s hard to remember a time when elderflower liqueur wasn’t featured in a half-dozen drink recipes at every cocktail lounge the world over – but before the release of St. Germain in 2007, almost nobody had ever heard of the stuff!
The Vieux Mot, from Don Lee at PDT, was one of the first cocktail recipes to take advantage of this new hotness, and over a decade later it’s still a classic. Elderflower liqueur is sometimes called “Bartender’s Ketchup” for how often a bit of it is added to a drink as an accent – but in this drink, elderflower’s delicate, juicy flavor is featured front and center.
Protip: if your French is a little rusty, try pronouncing the name as “View Moe.” Close enough!
- 1½ parts Gin
- ½ part Elderflower liqueur
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ½ part Simple syrup or Lemon syrup or Elderflower syrup or Oleo saccharum
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass.
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- The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan