Envision the perfect summertime drink. It probably involves plenty of fresh fruit, a pretty garnish, and a generous dose of alcohol. But dream cocktails aren’t just born of any old spirit.
Enter cordials, the secret ingredient that will bring your dream cocktail to life. The bubbly juice — popular in Northwestern Europe — is made from flowers or fruit (or both!) and sugar, and is a summer must-have.
Even though they’re sweet, cordials have an impressively smooth and subtle flavor that enhances even the most savory of drink recipes. So, whiskey lovers, fear not — it pairs well with a wide range of spirits, providing just a splash of fruitiness.
Get in summer mode and try out one of these 7 festive cordial cocktail recipes. Pretty soon, you’ll consider cordials to be a bar cart staple.
GRAPEFRUIT, THYME, & ELDERFLOWER COCKTAIL
2 tsp. divided, syrup
Using two stemless wine glasses, pour 1.5 oz of vodka into each. Using a glass juicer or using your hands, squeeze juice from each grapefruit then pour evenly into each glass. Add 1 tsp. of elderflower cordial into each glass, along with a handful of ice cubes. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
2 oz. Bourbon
Rhubarb strands (for garnish)
In a glass, add the rhubarb cordial. Fill with ice (preferably crushed but if you don’t have crushed, cubes are fine too). Then carefully tilt the glass and fill with a bit of water or club soda. Using a spoon, pour bourbon over top and layer on the top of the drink. Garnish with mint, rhubarb and a straw (so your guests can stir all the ingredients together after being wow’d by the beautiful presentation).
Via Whiskey Muse.
ELDERFLOWER WHISKEY CORDIAL
3 oz. whisky
1 to 2 oz. Elderflower cordial
2 oz. Drambuie
A few drops of Angostura bitters
2 sprigs of rosemary (for garnish)
Combine all liquid ingredients in two glasses with ice. Let sit for five minutes, then stir to combine. Mix in a few drops of Angostura bitters. Garnish with rosemary, and enjoy!
Via By Gabriella
1 part Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
1 part Lemon Juice
2 parts Gin
1 tbsp. apple sauce
6-8 mint leaves
Add all the ingredients to a tall tumbler or old jam jar. Fill with crushed ice and mix with a spoon. Fill with more ice. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Via Belvoir Fruit Farms.
2 oz. Tamsworth T
1/2 oz. 3-4 thin slices of cucumber
Muddle cucumbers in bottom of a shaker, add all liquid ingredients, and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with a cucumber floating on top.
Via With The Grains.
50 mL. Bombay Sapphire gin
15 mL. vermouth
10 mL. elderflower cordial
75 mL .ginger ale
1 large mint sprig
2 lime wedges, freshly cut and squeezed
1 freshly mandolined ginger root
Squeeze two freshly cut lime wedges into a clean glass and then drop them in. Measure and pour in the elderflower cordial, vermouth, and Bombay Sapphire gin into the glass over the lime. Swirl well to mix. Fill the glass completely full of good quality cubed ice and briefly stir with a bar spoon to chill.
Via Bombay Sapphire.
Sitting on a picnic blanket in the sun, sipping one of these: It doesn’t get more summery than that.
125 mL. elderflower cordial (1/2 cup)
1 lime juiced
Pour the elderflower cordial into a jug. Scoop the seeds from the passionfruit into the jug and add the lime juice. Top up with sparkling water to taste. I made mine up to a liter (4 cups) but you can do more or less according to your preference. Serve over ice.
Via Eat Love Eat.