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!
- 1 1/2 oz Bar Hill Gin
- 1/2 Elderberry Cordial
- 1/2 fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1/4 Dolin dry vermouth
- Garnish with a lemon twist
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.
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/gin-in-spring/
That sounds really good. Thanks for sharing. Love the creativity. Keep in touch with your twists.