Elder Fashioned


Recipe: Elder Fashioned (serves one)

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 1/2 oz. club soda
  • cherry

Stir the bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into ice-filled cocktail glass. Add club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a cherry.

We saw the musical adaptation of Amélie at the LA Music Center a while ago, and the outdoor bar there was serving this Paris-themed cocktail. As the name suggests, it’s based on the Old Fashioned, combining whiskey, bitters, and a source of sweetness (the elderflower liqueur in this case). It’s also similar to the scotch based Elderflower Thistle. But what about the club soda? If we went further in that direction — say, mixing one part whiskey with two or three parts carbonated mixer — we’d end up in the category of highballs, home to such classics as the Scotch and soda and the Jack and coke. This recipe stays halfway in between, using a one-to-one spirit-soda ratio and keeping the bitters.

The result is light and refreshing but still flavorful, and not too sweet. We’re planning to pre-mix a batch and take it to a Memorial Day barbecue.

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