Original Recipe No. 130 —

Signs of Spring

Signs Of Spring

This cocktail is named for its inclusion of elderberry, long thought to herald the beginning of spring. All the Year Round: A Nature Reader by Frances Lucia Strong and Martha Allen Lane (1896) is a book designed to interest young school children in nature and includes the passage:

“How warm the sunshine is!” exclaimed a little bud on an elderberry twig. “Yes,” answered her twin sister, “I believe spring has come at last. How glad I am!”

And how glad I am as well. I’m ready for spring, gin cocktails and Opening Day. Let the games begin. Go O’s!


Add all ingredients into a shaker except for the garnish. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Elderberry Cocktail

2 Notes on Signs of Spring

  1. Hey Josh, thanks for the awesome ideas on your blog. I’m just a hobby drinker, and I often get terrific results from drinks that begin with your blog, which I love. Here’s an adaptation of your ‘signs of spring’ cocktail, using handmade peach and vanilla syrup instead of elderberry cordial, along with a few other tweaks. I thought it turned out well http://​honestkitchen​.com​.au/​g​i​n​-​i​n​-​s​p​r​i​ng/

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